Accommodating Disabled Workers: Roundtable and Reception

Accommodating Disabled Workers: Roundtable and Reception
Walters and Edmunds lead roundtable on employee disability accommodations
May 4, 2017

Last year, disability discrimination claims accounted for over 36% of all discrimination claims in Pennsylvania, making them the fastest growing class of discrimination claims in the Commonwealth. Disability discrimination claims typically involve allegations that employers failed to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities in the workplace, whether in the recruiting, interview and hiring, or employment phase of the relationship. This roundtable presentation brings together labor and employment attorneys, representatives of the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and a representative of both AHEDD and the Pennsylvania Business Leadership Network, who will provide unique insights on issues from legal, business, and governmental perspectives.

This roundtable presentation will focus on issues related to reasonable accommodations, including:

  • Background on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Recruiting and interviewing disabled individuals
  • Identifying and handling accommodation requests
  • Tools available to Pennsylvania businesses at no or limited cost
  • Trends in the workplace
  • Overlap of laws such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, Workers’ Compensation and the ADA
  • Hot topics such as service animals in the workplace and accessible design

Employers in all industries face these issues. To help you navigate the waters, Saul Ewing attorneys Catherine E. Walters and Emily H. Edmunds along with, Ralph Roach (M.S., CRC, PA-LPC, Division Chief, Business Services & Outreach Division, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry), Jameson Collins (M.S., OWDS, GCDF, Central Business Services & Outreach Specialist, Business Services & Outreach Division, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry), and Stacy M. Kyle (Director of Business Development and Partnerships, AHEDD) will host a roundtable event followed by a networking reception to discuss how to approach disability accommodations and provide you with practical solutions for compliance. Following the program, please join our presenters and fellow attendees for a cocktail and networking reception. 

The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute's® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval. This activity has been approved for Recertification Credit Hours Awarded: 3 Specified Credit Hours: HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™, SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute's® (HRCI®).

 

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