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ADA Update: Reasonable Accommodation in the Workplace 2020

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Walk through the “do’s and don’ts” of the ADA

The duty to provide a reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities is considered one of the most important statutory requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Although the ADA and the duty to provide a “reasonable accommodation” can be a trap for the wary, it doesn’t have to be.

Get practical tips for employees and best practices for employers

We’ll explore: 

  • trends in current case law regarding reasonable accommodations 
  • an employer’s duty to engage in the interactive process
  • current EEOC guidance on specific health conditions
  • employer defenses of undue burden and direct threat
  • your ethical responsibilities in various situations

Our experienced faculty will answer your questions

  • What triggers the interactive process?
  • What happens when doctors’ notes conflict?
  • How much leave is required for a disabled employee? 
  • Are “no-fault” attendance policies legal?
  • Is an accommodation required for pregnant workers? 
  • What challenges do employers and public accommodations confront with “service dogs” or other “comfort/therapy animals”?
  • Is the use of medical marijuana protected by the ADA?
  • What are your ethical obligations when it relates to your client making inconsistent disability statements (i.e. judicial estoppel)?

Program Schedule
EEOC Statistics on Charges and Settlements
Introduction to the ADA and “Reasonable Accommodations”

Engaging in the Interactive Process
Employee’s Duty to Request an Accommodation
Employer’s Duty to Engage in the Interactive Process When the Employee Requests an Accommodation
The Legality of “Full-Duty Recovery,” “100% Healed,” and “No Restrictions Policies”
Best Practices

What Is a Reasonable Accommodation?
Common Reasonable Accommodation Situations
Regular Attendance as an Essential Function?
Leaves of Absence
Attendance and Leave Policies 
Modification of Work Schedule
Job Restructuring 
Assistance Commuting to Work 
Light-Duty Jobs
Use of Medical Marijuana
Service Animals in the Workplace

Rules of Professional Conduct

Ethics (cont’d.)
Rules of Professional Conduct

Accommodations Not Required for Non-Disabled Employees Who Have a Relationship with an Individual with a Disability 
Reasonable Accommodations for Drug Use & Alcoholism 
EEOC Guidance on Cancer, Epilepsy, Diabetes and Intellectual Disabilities 
Obtaining Medical Information 
Questions from Other Employees Regarding “Special Treatment” 
Employer Defenses to Accommodation Claims 
Undue Hardship 
Direct Threat 
Essential Functions 
Statute of Limitations

Materials: All attendees will receive the course book as a digital download. A printed copy of the course book is available, at a discount to attendees, for $30. Additional copies are available at full price. If you wish to purchase the printed version of the course book, please call PBI Customer Service at 800-932-4637. Printed versions of the course book will not be distributed at the course; please allow up to two weeks after the program for the printed versions of the course book to be shipped.

Recorded in October 2020.

Practice Areas


Elisa C. Advani Esq. Central Jersey Legal Services Inc (Trenton)
Jeffrey Campolongo Esq. Law Offices of Jeffrey Campolongo
Taylor E. Gillan Esq. Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC (Pgh)
Sarah R. Lavelle Esq. Koller Law, LLC
Benjamin R. Patchen Esq. City of Philadelphia Department of Labor & Employment
Mary M. Tiernan Esq.
Faculty may vary by location.
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