Attorney Susan Fentin of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. To Present Webinar Addressing New ADA Regulations on Accommodating Mental Illness, Anxiety, and Depression in the Workplace

Attorney Susan Fentin, a partner with Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., of Springfield, Worcester, MA, and Waterbury, CT, will be a key presenter in a webinar entitled “Depression and Other Mental Illness Under New ADA: Accommodation Practices for HR.” Attorney Fentin will be joined by Ronald Schouten M.D., J.D., Director of the Law & Psychiatry Service of the Massachusetts General Hospital, an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and founder of KeyPeople Resources Inc.

The goal of the webinar is to educate viewers on how to reasonably accommodate employees dealing with mental health issues under new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. It will be presented live to employers and other interested parties on September 20, 2012, from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST and 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST and will cover the final regulations under the ADA Amendments Act’s (ADAAA), which became effective May 2011.

Under the new regulations, many more physical and mental impairments are now considered disabilities, including impairments related to an employee’s mood and emotional state. For almost a year, changes brought about under these regulations have been opening the floodgates to new litigation, employee demands, and workplace conflict. The webinar will help viewers/employers learn their rights and obligations under the new ADA for accommodating employees with mental illnesses, and provide Webinar Learning Take-Aways, including:

  • What to do if you suspect an employee is suffering from depression and/or another mental disability
  • How the new ADA regulations change the way you accommodate employees with mental disabilities
  • When you can discipline or terminate an employee with a mental disability without creating liability
  • What you are required to do if an employee is determined to have a mental disability
  • What to do if an employee presents a direct threat to himself or others
  • How to know when an employee meets the definition of disabled under mental impairment guidelines

The webinar will offer viewers the opportunity to have their questions answered during the event. There will also be an “Ask a Question” tab they can use to post additional questions.

The price for the webinar is $219. Interested parties can register online at

Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., is one of the largest law firms in New England specializing in the practice of labor relations and employment law, exclusively on behalf of management. Attorney Susan G. Fentin is a partner in the labor and employment firm of Skoler, Abbot & Presser, P.C., which has represented exclusively management interest for nearly 50 years. She is regularly included in the annual list of Massachusetts “SuperLawyers” and has been named one of the top labor and employment attorneys in Massachusetts by the prestigious Chambers USA rating agency since 2010.