2017 Colorado (Greater Denver) Chapter Meeting: Feb. 23

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Employers: Beware of Caregiver Protections!

Meeting Overview

February 23, 2017 | 2:30 pm-4:30 pm MT

Employers are familiar with the laws that protect an employee with a disability or serious health condition. But what about the employee caring for an ill or disabled family member? There is a surprising number of federal and local laws that protect the employee in this situation from the FMLA and the ADA, to a recent California court decision and a New York City ordinance, and more. This session will highlight key laws that provide job protections to caregivers of family members, prohibited actions, and what policies and practices employers should have in place to minimize risk.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the various laws that provide job protections for family caregivers
  • Learn the basics of training needed to educate supervisors and managers on the prohibitions against caregiver discrimination
  • Take away guidelines on employer policies and practices to minimize the risks of caregiver discrimination

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  • Marti Cardi, Vice President, Product Compliance, Matrix Absence Management  
    Marti Cardi is the Vice President of Product Compliance for Matrix Absence Management. She is responsible for ensuring that the Matrix’s absence management and accommodation services for outsourcing employers feature best practices and are offered in compliance with the FMLA, the ADA, and other federal and state laws. Marti has been practicing employment law for over 30 years, starting in private practice with major Denver law firms and then as in-house employment counsel for a national child-care company and for Sports Authority, a national sporting goods company. She has now focused on the absence and accommodation management field for over 5 years. Marti received her J.D. from the University of Colorado of Law.
  • Margaret Parnell Hogan, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson Denver Office 
    A shareholder in Littler Mendelson’s Denver office, Margaret Parnell Hogan began her career in the firm’s Chicago office. Margaret represents clients in a variety of industries in federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state equivalents. Margaret has conducted training programs and seminars for employers on topics such as conducting legal investigations, preventing harassment in the workplace, and compliance with the ADA and the FMLA. Margaret is a member of Littler’s Women’s Leadership Initiative Steering Committee and also has managed the firm’s annual Class Action Group Strategy Conference, an annual invitation-only seminar presented to a select group of clients that examines new developments and strategies for defending against class action lawsuits from the perspective of lawyers, experts, and academics.


2:30 pm-3:00 pm Registration and networking
3:00 pm-4:15 pm Welcome and presentation
4:15 pm-4:30 pm Q&A


The following CEUs will be offered for this event. Please pick up CEU forms at the end of the meeting.

  • CPDM: 1


Littler Mendelson
1900 Sixteenth Street, Suite 800
Denver, CO 80202

Parking is available in a garage across the street. Attendees can get their parking ticket validated to receive free parking at check-in.

Registration Fees

Your registration for this chapter event includes refreshments. Please register by Feb. 17. If you have questions about this event, please contact Tasha Patterson at tpatterson@dmec.org.

Registration Fee
DMEC members $20
Nonmembers $30

DMEC members receive discounts on DMEC chapter meetings. Log in to your DMEC account prior to registering to receive member pricing. Not sure if your organization is a member? Use our online form to verify membership and sign up as an individual under your company’s membership.

Meeting Partner:

Littler Mendelson P.C. and Matrix Absence Management