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

PRESS RELEASE AND REQUEST FOR COVERAGE
February 6, 2012
Contact: Elizabeth Taras
(413) 787.1133

SPRINGFIELD/WORCESTER, MA and WATERBURY, CT – Attorney Susan Fentin, a partner with Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., of Springfield, Worcester, MA, and Waterbury, CT, will be a key presenter at “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 Thursday, March 1, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST; 8:00 to 9:30 a.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 also offer viewers the opportunity to have their questions answered during the event, as well as an “Ask a Question” tab they can use to post additional questions.
The price for the webinar is $247. Registration can be done online at http://store.hrhero.com/events/audio-conferences-webinars/mental-illness. Call Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. at (413) 737-4753 for more information.
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 for management.
About Skoler, Abbott & Presser
Founded in 1964, Skoler, Abbott & Presser is a boutique firm that exclusively practices labor and employment law and represents only the interests of management. The firm’s practice areas include all aspects of labor and employment law, including traditional labor law, contract negotiations, union avoidance, and arbitrations; employment litigation in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies; employment counseling, policy review and training; and a wide range of other areas of the law related to the management of employees, including ERISA issues, reductions-in-force, compliance with state and federal employment statutes, and audits of human resources practices. The firm has eight attorneys in its main Springfield office and an ERISA specialist who practices of counsel to the firm. In addition to its offices in Springfield and Worcester, Massachusetts, the firm also has an extensive practice in Connecticut with a satellite office in Waterbury, Connecticut. Further information about Skoler, Abbott & Presser can be found on its website, www.skoler-abbott.com.
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