2019 Virtual Education Forum Webinar: Reduce Your ADA Burden – Return-to-Work Strategy & Implementation

DMECVirtual Education Forum, Webinars

Thursday, Oct. 24

9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET

The evolution of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) brings additional complexity to an employer’s return-to-work (RTW) strategy. While most HR professionals are skilled at managing employees on short- or long-term disability, understanding how the RTW program can satisfy obligations under the ADA is a new frontier. Can the RTW discussions and reasonable accommodations developed serve as your interactive process? Are you obligated to consider all RTW accommodations as an ADA request? Can your RTW policy have a time limit?

Join us for this session as we answer these questions, and explore how to develop a robust RTW strategy by working in step with ADA requirements. We will also hear from an organization that successfully implemented a strategy that enables them to address both RTW and ADA challenges.

This webinar will be approximately 90 minutes to accommodate additional Q&A.

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

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize your obligations under the ADA related to returning employees to work.
  • Gain an understanding of how a RTW program may reduce some of your ADA burden.
  • Explore the critical elements of a successful RTW program.



Marcy Ledford
Director, Workforce Reporting and Insights

Marcy Ledford has over 20 years of rehab, case management, and return-to-work experience. Currently, Marcy is a director of workforce and reporting insights at Unum where she provides support to Unum’s largest clients through analysis of absence management trend data. She partners closely with clients to design and implement policies and practices that impact employee health and productivity in an effort to reduce lost time. Marcy graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor's in psychology, as well as a master's in rehabilitation counseling. She is a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC), and a certified ergonomic assessment specialist (CEAS).  

Tamika Newson
AVP & Legal Counsel
Unum Law Group

Ms. Newson is an assistant vice president and legal counsel in Unum's law group. She recently joined Unum after 22 years of employment law counseling and litigation as a partner in several large law firms. She advises human resources on all employment-related legal issues with particular emphasis on FMLA, ADA, leaves of absence, wage/hour compliance, military leaves, restrictive covenants, and employee relations issues. She also provides daily legal support to Unum's leave management center, which provides leave administration services to its customers. Ms. Newson received her BA from DePauw University and her JD from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.  She is a certified trainer for CE credit and is a frequent national speaker on FMLA and ADA issues. 


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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