2018 DMEC FMLA/ADA Employer Compliance Conference

April 30 - May 3, 2018 | Orlando

  • 2018 DMEC FMLA/ADA Employer Compliance Conference: FITNESS-FOR-DUTY COMPLIANCE: PREPARING FOR THE “WHAT IFS”

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    THURSDAY MAY 3, 8:00-9:00 AM

    THURSDAY MAY 3, 8:00-9:00 AM

    FITNESS-FOR-DUTY COMPLIANCE: PREPARING FOR THE “WHAT IFS”
    The ultimate goal of fitness-for-duty (FFD) exams is to determine whether a worker can meet the physical and mental demands of a position. However, compliance issues may arise leaving employers unprepared to handle certain situations. In this interactive session, a panel of absence and disability professionals will guide attendees in managing the “what ifs” of FFD compliance, including:

    • What if an employee refuses a second opinion or FFD/ADA accommodation exams?
    • What if the employer disagrees with findings?
    • What policies should be coordinated when obtaining an FFD?
    • What if liability issues arise such as suspected drug/alcohol involvement?
    • What if there are personnel issues that complicate the exam?

  • 2018 DMEC FMLA/ADA Employer Compliance Conference: PAID SICK LEAVE: IT’S GETTING CONTAGIOUS

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    TUESDAY MAY 1, 3:00-4:00 PM

    TUESDAY MAY 1, 3:00-4:00 PM

    PAID SICK LEAVE: IT’S GETTING CONTAGIOUS
    Paid sick leave laws are rapidly spreading at the local and state levels, and an employer must be prepared or risk legal exposure. This in-depth session will explore the genesis of paid sick leave laws and offer best practices on maneuvering through the myriad of laws, particularly for multi-state employers. Discussion and tips on how current leave policies can be affected will be explored, including maintaining compliance, and predictions on new developments for employers to be prepared for the future.

  • 2018 DMEC FMLA/ADA Employer Compliance Conference: ADA BASICS: COMPETENCE BUILDS CONFIDENCE

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    MONDAY APRIL 30, 10:00-11:00 AM

    MONDAY APRIL 30, 10:00-11:00 AM

    ADA BASICS: COMPETENCE BUILDS CONFIDENCE
    Fundamental Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concepts can drive the design of effective reasonable accommodation (RA) programs, but the ADA competence and confidence of those responsible for implementing RA programs can have a significant impact on overall ADA compliance. Organizations are more likely to be successful in achieving ADA compliance when those responsible for processing ADA requests possess a practical understanding of the basic requirements of the ADA and recognize the benefits of disability inclusion. This session will enable you to build your ADA competence and confidence by learning the basic requirements of the ADA and receiving practical tips for compliance. A representative from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) will share information about the financial and legal benefits of ADA compliance and offer best practices for promoting an inclusive workplace. We will also help attendees build their ADA competence and confidence by sharing practical guidance on:

    • The fundamental requirements of the ADA
    • he benefits and costs of providing reasonable accommodations
    • Best practices for inclusion
  • 2018 DMEC FMLA/ADA Employer Compliance Conference: LIABILITY ALERT! HR AND SUPERVISOR ETHICAL MISSTEPS

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    MONDAY APRIL 30, 12:00-2:00 PM

    MONDAY APRIL 30, 12:00-2:00 PM

    LIABILITY ALERT! HR AND  SUPERVISOR ETHICAL MISSTEPS
    Disability and leave of absence laws impose requirements that guide employers into treating employees fairly and ethically — standardized rules for leaves and accommodations that apply equally to all. But, good rules and policies don’t always translate into ethical treatment of employees. A company with good employment policies can still get sued because of inappropriate statements, questions, or actions by Human Resources (HR) and management. This session will highlight real ADA and FMLA cases to help you gain a deeper understanding of ethical pitfalls in managing leaves and disabilities, such as misplaced benevolence, relying on stereotypes, what you ask, and how you communicate. Then, you will learn how to design HR and supervisor training that is effective and promotes ethical ideals.

  • 2018 DMEC FMLA/ADA Employer Compliance Conference: 4 STEPS TO A COMPLIANT AND EFFECTIVE ADA DISABILITY INTERACTIVE PROCESS

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    MONDAY APRIL 30, 2:30-4:30 PM

    MONDAY APRIL 30, 2:30-4:30 PM

    4 STEPS TO A COMPLIANT AND EFFECTIVE ADA DISABILITY INTERACTIVE PROCESS
    This fast-paced, entertaining, and solutions-focused presentation will provide you with tools to enhance your disability interactive process. Using a patented 4-step “Hallway” process, you’ll learn how to manage some of your most challenging accommodation requests — from supervisor limitations to “my disability made me do it”. This session will also include updated tools and resources for participants, and even if you come just for the information and samples, you’ll also leave feeling reinvigorated, empowered, and ready to get back to this important work!

  • 2018 DMEC FMLA/ADA Employer Compliance Conference: FMLA/ADA YEAR IN REVIEW: BLOOPERS, BLUNDERS, AND TRIUMPHS

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    TUESDAY MAY 1, 8:45-10:00 AM

    TUESDAY MAY 1, 8:45-10:00 AM

    FMLA/ADA YEAR IN REVIEW:  BLOOPERS, BLUNDERS, AND TRIUMPHS
    As creative employees submit new claims and anxious employers test the waters with new defenses, it’s important to understand recent case law and its impact on employment practices across the country. In this popular session, we’ll review recent major FMLA & ADA case law developments, identify emerging case law trends, and discuss recurring issues that continue to get the court’s attention. You’ll also gather tips and tactics that will keep your organization out of next year’s legal update.

  • 2018 DMEC FMLA/ADA Employer Compliance Conference: DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION NIGHTMARES! HOW TO ENSURE THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN TO YOU

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    TUESDAY MAY 1, 10:30-11:30 AM

    TUESDAY MAY 1, 10:30-11:30 AM

    DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION NIGHTMARES!  HOW TO ENSURE THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN TO YOU
    How can you learn from others’ disability discrimination failures in the areas of leave management and disability accommodation? We’ve got the answers. During this session, we will walk you through not only what happened in these cases, but how you can “tool up” your organization to ensure that this doesn’t happen to you. You’ll leave not just with the critical information needed to manage these dynamic issues, but with samples to help you immediately implement best practices and solutions that work. Your participation during the session may be rewarded with more than just good advice (think, coffee cards)!

  • 2018 DMEC FMLA/ADA Employer Compliance Conference: TUNE UP TIME: YOUR REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION PROGRAM IS YEARNING FOR IT

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    TUESDAY MAY 1, 1:00-2:30 PM

    TUESDAY MAY 1, 1:00-2:30 PM

    TUNE UP TIME: YOUR REASONABLE  ACCOMMODATION PROGRAM IS YEARNING FOR IT
    We expect our reasonable accommodation programs to run like a finely tuned engine, but they don’t come with the yellow maintenance required light or the dreaded red engine light. So, when was your program’s last tune up or full-service inspection? In this session, we will cover what red and yellow indicators you should watch for, starting with the candidate and employee experience. We’ll discuss where you should focus your tune-up efforts, how you can keep your program running efficiently through streamlined communication, and what performance enhancements you can expect initially and over time.

  • 2018 DMEC FMLA/ADA Employer Compliance Conference: LEAVE AS AN ACCOMMODATION: WHEN IS ENOUGH, ENOUGH?

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    TUESDAY MAY 1, 1:00-2:30 PM

    TUESDAY MAY 1, 1:00-2:30 PM

    LEAVE AS AN ACCOMMODATION: WHEN IS ENOUGH, ENOUGH?
    Statistics show that leave is the most common accommodation request under the ADA. Unfortunately, it’s also the most difficult request for employers. Common questions include what triggers the employer’s obligation to engage in the interactive process? How much leave must the employer grant? Are there alternatives to granting leave? While there is no bright-line test for these questions, there is guidance. The EEOC published guidance and judges nationwide have ruled on this issue, but the topic still remains confusing. Most recently, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on two cases which were employer-friendly in their outcome. So how does an employer weed through all this guidance and make compliant decisions that won’t cripple their business? You’ll explore examples and best practices during this session to help you answer this question and more.

  • 2018 DMEC FMLA/ADA Employer Compliance Conference: WHO WANTS TO BE AN ADA GURU?

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    TUESDAY MAY 1, 1:00-2:30 PM

    TUESDAY MAY 1, 1:00-2:30 PM

    WHO WANTS TO BE AN ADA GURU?
    When an employee approaches you for an accommodation, it can feel like you’re on a game show where your response could result in risk or reward. Answer correctly, and you have a motivated, loyal employee. Answer incorrectly, and you could face penalties, lawsuits, and months of headaches. In this session, participants will be our Accommodation Game Show contestants using cell phone polling technology. We will ask what you would do in response to various ADA accommodation scenarios and provide best practice tips and strategies for how employers should respond. Sufficient time will be left at the end of the session for employers to pose their own “what if ” questions.