ADA Master Class: Overcoming New Workplace Accommodation and Administrative Challenges for Employers

SPRINGFIELD, WORCESTER, Mass. – Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., the leading labor and employment law firm serving the greater Springfield area, today announced Partner Susan G. Fentin and Attorney David W. McBride will present an ADA Compliance Master Class, “An Advanced Interactive Workshop for Massachusetts Employers,” Thursday, May 14 at the Sheraton Commander Hotel, 16 Garden St., Cambridge, and Thursday, May 28 at the Sheraton Springfield, One Monarch Place, Springfield. This advanced workshop will help human resources professionals and others responsible for ADA administration to understand and correctly apply this complicated statute. The seminar fee is $397 for the first attendee ($297 per additional company registrants).

“What makes the ADA different from other antidiscrimination statutes is that not abiding by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) final regulations can cost employers,” said Attorney Fentin. “The ADAAA shifted the playing field, making it significantly easier for employees to take advantage of the ADA’s protections, and the regulations only reinforce this shift. The enforcement focus is no longer whether an employee with a medical condition is disabled – most are. Employers must now prevent discrimination and accommodate disabilities.”

The 2015 ADA Master Class for employers provides a one-day intensive training session geared at helping HR professionals to become more proficient in ADA administration and handle top management’s and employees’ questions about ADA. Master classes also qualify for continuing education credits.

Attendees will learn:

  • How the courts are applying the ADAAA and its regulations
  • Exactly what is needed to comply with the ADAAA
  • Where the EEOC is focusing its ADA enforcement efforts
  • Using individualized assessments to make difficult coverage calls
  • The extent of reasonable accommodation duties
  • A step-by-step plan for the interactive process
  • How to manage the overlap of ADA, FMLA and workers’ compensation

“While the ADA has opened doors for individuals with disabilities across the nation, it has also presented special challenges to employers, resulting in costly settlements and damage awards,” said Dan Oswald, president and publisher of the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter and Federal Employment Law Insider. “The ADA Amendments Act and its regulation significantly changed the scope of coverage and now that the courts are making decisions under the revised ADA, you need to know the EEOC’s targeted enforcement efforts to avoid discrimination claims and stay in compliance.”

Continental breakfast and registration begin at 7:30 a.m. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m., with morning and afternoon breaks. Attendees will be on their own for lunch.

To register, visit https://store.hrhero.com/ma-ada.