2019 Tools & Tactics Webinar: A Family Affair – Employer Obligations for Pregnant Employees and New Parents

DMECTools & Tactics, Webinars

Tuesday, June 18

9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET

While a normal pregnancy is not considered an Americans with Disabilities (ADA) disability, there are employer obligations that may come into play with pregnant employees. Pregnancy is a strategic priority for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and as an employer, it’s important to know your obligations to pregnant employees, new parents, and caregivers.

Join us for a dynamic discussion that will provide practical guidance on nondiscrimination protections and the latest state laws requiring accommodations for the common conditions associated with pregnancy. We will provide cautionary tales of the things employers have done to attract the EEOC’s attention to help you avoid the same fate. And since we know employer responsibilities don’t end at birth, we will also provide an overview of laws regarding new parents and caregiver responsibilities.

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

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of employers’ legal obligations to pregnant employees, including any state law duty to provide accommodations.
  • Identify pitfalls through case studies of employers who have been sued by the EEOC for not meeting obligations during pregnancy.
  • Discover employer obligations to caregivers once the baby is born.


Marti Cardi, J.D.
VP, Product Compliance
Martix Absence Management, Inc.

At Matrix, Marti is responsible for ensuring that the company’s absence management and accommodation services for outsourcing employers are offered in compliance with the FMLA, the ADA, and other federal and state laws. Prior to Matrix, Marti worked as Chief Compliance Officer at Reed Group, Ltd. Marti designed and was the lead editor and co-author for LeaveAdvisor™, a comprehensive on-line reference tool for state and federal leave management. Marti started her career with major Denver law firms. She transitioned to in-house employment counsel for a national child-care company and then for Sports Authority, a national sporting goods company. Marti received her J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Gail 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.


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.

CLMS Logo_RGB_PNGExclusively offered by DMEC, the Certified Leave Management Specialist (CLMS) program is the only professional designation of its kind that provides interactive, hands-on training to ensure your programs effectively comply with state and federal leave laws. Learn more about the CLMS program.

Registration Fees

Registration Fees
DMEC members Free
Nonmembers $29.99

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