A+ Compliance with Mental Disorders in the Workplace: Surviving the FMLA, ADA and Workers Compensation Tsunami

Instructor: Elga Lejarza
Product ID: 703914
  • Duration: 60 Min

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This training program will discuss the knowledge and skills needed to develop a comfortable level managing the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Workers Compensation, separately or when they interconnect. At the end of the webinar, attendees will understand the interplay of these laws to assure legal compliance as well as to provide employees with the benefits and protections each law provides.

Course "A+ Compliance with Mental Disorders in the Workplace: Surviving the FMLA, ADA and Workers Compensation Tsunami" has been pre-approved by HRCI as eligible for 1.5 credits towards a participant's recertification upon full completion.
“The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program”.

Why Should You Attend:

Today, the workplace is an inclusive environment. There is a significant business as well as ethical and moral necessity to employ individuals with disabilities. Organizations must be comfortable with the processes involved in handling issues when it comes to disabilities, accommodations and taking care of employees. This is definitely a different arena and sometimes an uncomfortable one for HR, managers and supervisors especially, if we don’t know what we can or can’t do.

Dealing with these gray areas is becoming more and more crucial in the workplace to ensure we are fair to our employees and to be in compliance with the laws on FMLA, ADA and Workers Compensation. This course will discuss:

  • The most common disabilities under ADA.
  • Statutory exceptions to the term “disability”.
  • The difference between ADA and ADAAA.
  • When “employee separation” is the only route.
  • Best practices to maintain an inclusive environment.
  • Engaging in the interactive process is critical to be in compliance with the law.
  • Myths and facts about reasonable accommodation.

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  • How to handle FMLA requests?
  • How to handle ADA requests?
  • How to handle Workers’ Compensation claims?
  • How to handle situations when FMLA, ADA and Workers’ Compensation interconnect?
  • How to avoid the Tsunami that could develop if the interconnection of the three laws is not handled legally?
  • ADA and mental illness: What the law says.
  • How to handle employees with severe depression or anxiety?
  • How to handle suicidal comments in the workplace?
  • How to handle threats and other disruptive behaviors resulting from mental disorders?
  • How to assist employees with learning disabilities?
  • How to assist employees with bipolar disorders?
  • What protection do alcoholics and substance abusers have under ADA?
  • How to assist an employee back from rehab?
  • Tips on helping an employee at work with mental illness.

Who Will Benefit:

  • HR Professionals
  • Office Managers
  • Business Owners
  • Compliance Officers
  • Managers and Supervisors
  • Employee Relations Professionals
  • Employee Assistance Professionals
  • Safety Managers

Instructor Profile:

Elga Lejarza is founder and president of Lejarza HR Consulting LLC. She has over 19 years’ experience in human resources management and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR). Lejarza HR Consulting provides recruitment, training and consulting services to small to medium sized businesses across the US.

Ms. Lejarza also works as a human resources generalist for Walgreens Distribution Center in Williamston, South Carolina. Ms. Lejarza is a member of the National Society for Human Resources Management, the Greenville Society of Human Resources Management, and the Anderson Society of Human Resources Management.

Topic Background:

When employees are injured or disabled or become ill on the job, they may be entitled to medical and/or disability-related leave under two federal laws: the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In addition, state Workers’ Compensation laws have leave provisions that may apply. Depending on the situation, one or more of these laws can apply to the same employee. The interaction of the FMLA, ADA and Workers Compensation laws is known by many employers as the “Bermuda Triangle”. It can also be akin to a “Tsunami” ready to happen. It is crucial that employers ensure compliance with these laws as a violation can result in significant damages such as wages, back pay, reinstatement, retroactive benefits, compensatory damages and punitive damages. The best way to handle the interaction of these laws is to know when each law is implicated and exactly what each one requires.

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