Employees with Bipolar Disorder: HR’s Legal and Practical Accommodation Roadmap

Thursday, May 15, 2014
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

With the ADAAA’s final regulations, new physical and mental impairments are considered disabilities, including impairments related to an employee’s mood and emotional state. This has opened the floodgates to new litigation, employee demands, and workplace conflict. In addition, the recently issued DSM-5 has highlighted a number of conditions that are now considered disabilities.

Bipolar disorder, also called manic depression or manic-depressive disorder, affects 1 in 20 Americans. Although treatable with medication, it’s considered a lifelong condition. Bipolar employees may exhibit racing thoughts, poor judgment, impulsive behavior, irritability, and many more issues that affect their ability to function at work, which poses a serious disability accommodation problem for employers.

Those with well-managed bipolar disorder are increasingly recognized as bringing social and employment advantages to the workplace, such as enthusiasm, perseverance, and optimism. While there are challenges for employers and HR personnel in accommodating employees with bipolar disorder, there are also employer benefits.
Participate in this interactive webinar, and you’ll learn how to recognize the symptoms that employees diagnosed with bipolar disorder may experience, as well as the legal and practical obligations you have for accommodating them.

You’ll learn:

• What really is bipolar disorder, including the number of people affected, signs of the disorder, medicinal side effects, and other indicators employers should be aware of
• Limitations employees with bipolar disorder may experience
• Types of workplace accommodations a doctor may recommend for someone undergoing treatment
• How to tell if someone who is bipolar may be disabled under the ADA
• When an accommodation may be considered an undue hardship
• How FMLA impacts employees with bipolar disorder and those caring for family members with the diagnosis
• When bipolar disorder is considered a serious health condition entitling an employee to block, intermittent, or reduced schedule leave under FMLA
• How to deal with performance issues and safety concerns when an employee is on treatment medication
• Documentation required for FMLA leave
• How to handle privacy issues, such as what constitutes medical information and how to ensure HIPAA and GINA compliance
• Practical steps employers can take to help employees with bipolar disorder manage their workloads, meet deadlines, reduce distractions, and boost performance
• How much information you can legally disclose to supervisors and coworkers about an employee’s condition
• What you may request to prove that an employee is disabled
• How to engage in the interactive dialogue with an employee with bipolar disorder to identify reasonable accommodations as required under the ADA
• How to effectively — and legally — handle attendance-related issues
• Diagnosis of bipolar disorder and treatment adherence issues
• Disclosure options and workplace supports for employees with bipolar disorder
In just 90 minutes, learn the best practices for reasonably accommodating employees with bipolar disorder. Register now for this interactive event risk-free.

The standard fee is $219.00, but because of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.’s affiliation with BLR®, and your valued association with our firm, we’ve made special arrangements for you to attend this webinar for free.

For more details about this class, please e-mail service@blr.com, call (800) 274-6774 and mention code SpeakFree, or visit http://store.hrhero.com/events/audio-conferences-webinars/bipolar-disorder-051514 and enter SpeakFree in the discount code section.

CREDIT INFORMATION: This program has been approved for up to 1.5 recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at