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

 FREE Webinar for clients of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 pm. EST

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. Employees with bipolar disorder 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.

Online applications often include questions such as how many changes in mood the applicant experiences or if it takes a long time to be happy after something “bad” happens. The EEOC is investigating if personality tests adversely affect disabled individuals-and specifically those with mental illness, which may be classified as bipolar disorder or other ailments, such as depression.

Are your workplace policies and practices in compliance given the ADA’s expanded scope and the EEOC’s scrutiny of workplace personality assessments?

Learn how to recognize symptoms that employees diagnosed with bipolar disorder may exhibit, as well as legal and practical obligations for accommodating them. Plus, learn if your workplace personality tests could leave you vulnerable to disability discrimination claims by applicants and employees who have or are regarded as having bipolar disorder.

Join us on March 4 for a timely and vital webinar. You and your colleagues will learn:

  • What bipolar disorder really is, including the number of people affected, signs of the disorder, side effects of medication, and other indicators employers should be aware of
  • Limitations employees with bipolar disorder may experience
  • How workplace personality tests could violate the rights of an applicant or employee with bipolar disorder under the ADA
  • Types of workplace accommodations a doctor may recommend for someone undergoing treatment
  • How to tell if someone who has bipolar disorder may have a disability 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 you can take to help employees with bipolar disorder manage workloads, meet deadlines, reduce distractions, and boost performance
  • How much information you can legally disclose to supervisors and co-workers about an employee’s condition
  • What you may request to establish that an employee has an ADA disability
  • How to engage in the interactive dialogue with an employee who has 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

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 custserv@blr.com, call (800) 274-6774 and mention code SpeakFree, or visit http://store.hrhero.com/events/audio-conferences-webinars/bipolar-030415 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 www.hrci.org.

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