2018 Tools & Tactics Webinar: EEOC Insights Into What Employers Still Get Wrong About the ADA

DMECTools & Tactics, Webinars

Thursday, Dec. 6

9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET

Join us for the last webinar of 2018, and get a front row seat to the EEOC’s perspective on best practices for ADA compliance and lessons learned from employers who get it wrong. In this session, a representative from the EEOC and an ADA accommodations expert will provide you with an analysis and practical pointers for compliance with issues that continue to challenge employers under the ADA. This presentation will provide an understanding of the following:

  • Telework as a reasonable accommodation: What should an employer do when an employee asks for telework for reasons related to a disability? Can the job be done from home? What if the employee has performance problems?
  • Qualification standards vs. essential functions: What is a qualification standard, how does it differ from essential functions, and why does it matter?
  • Managing leaves of absence under the ADA: Inflexible leave policies may violate the ADA, and an indefinite leave of absence is not a reasonable accommodation. What can an employer do for the vast majority of leaves that fall in between? How do you assess a leave request for reasonableness? How do you manage multiple requests for extensions? What medical inquiries can you make?
  • Reinstatement and reassignment following leave: When, why, and for how long do you have to hold the employee’s specific job open? What are your obligations for reassignment? When can you call it quits?

DMEC members receive free registration for webinars. Log in to your DMEC account prior to registering to receive member pricing.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover how to assess and manage telework requests for a disabled employee.
  • Gain an understanding of the role that qualification standards play in assessing an employee’s job performance and an ADA accommodation request.
  • Identify how to assess leave requests as an ADA accommodation for reasonableness and undue hardship.
  • Gain confidence in handling reinstatement and reassignment issues following an ADA leave of absence.


Gail CohenGail Cohen, J.D., Director, Employment Law & Compliance, Matrix Absence Management, Inc.

Gail is the co-author of the Matrix Radar Blog and is responsible for ensuring Matrix’s products and practices comply with federal and state labor and employment laws, and provides consultative services and training to Matrix’s 400+ corporate clients. She has practiced employment law since 2002 in numerous multinational corporations, including five years as assistant general counsel of automotive supplier Toyoda Gosei North America, five years as in-house counsel to a private Scottsdale loan servicing corporation, and as corporate counsel in the employment law section at the global headquarters of Kelly Services, Inc. Gail graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana in 1991 with a degree in finance, and earned her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1994.

Christopher Kuczynski, J.D., LLM, Assistant Legal Counsel, EEOC

As assistant legal counsel and director of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) policy division at the EEOC since 1997, Chris oversees development of regulations and other agency policy interpreting Title I of the ADA, and Title II of GINA. Chris advises EEOC headquarters offices, including the offices of the chair and commissioners, and EEOC field offices on complex ADA and GINA issues. He has made hundreds of presentations on the ADA and GINA while at EEOC, and has been interviewed by numerous media outlets. Chris has worked on a detail for the White House domestic policy council, served as special assistant to former EEOC chair Cari Dominguez, was a trial attorney in the department of justice’s civil rights division (disability rights section), and worked for three years at a major Philadelphia law firm. He has a B.A. in english from Villanova University, a J.D. from Temple Law School, and an LL.M. from Yale.


This session qualifies for the following CEUs: 1 CLMS, 1 CPDM, 1 PHR, and 1 SHRM. To qualify for CEU credit:

  • You must attend the full duration of the webinar. Following the webinar and once attendance has been confirmed, you will receive an email with CEU reporting information.
  • You must register for and watch the webinar individually. Group participation does not qualify CEU credit.

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 Registration Fees

Registration Fees
DMEC members Free
Nonmembers $29.99

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