2022 DMEC Virtual Compliance Conference

Event Overview

For those who were unable to join us for our in-person conference in Los Angeles, we are pleased to offer an engaging, content-rich one-day virtual event. The 2022 DMEC Virtual Compliance Conference will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2022 and will include four of the highest-rated sessions from our in-person compliance conference held in March. In addition to the education sessions, we will be offering virtual roundtable discussions — giving attendees the opportunity to engage with industry experts and peers.

The full agenda for the virtual event is below. Reserve your spot today!

Agenda

Wednesday, April 27

11:00-11:15 am ET – Welcome & Overview

11:15 am-12:15 pm ET – Disability, Leave, and Reasonable Accommodation: Year In Review & Future Forecast

The last two years have been a whirlwind of change and challenges for absence and disability management professionals. In this session, we’ll review top ADA and FMLA court decisions as well as new legislation and executive orders that shaped the workplace in 2021. We’ll also take a look at what’s next for your organization and answer some pressing questions around ongoing pandemic considerations as we move into 2022 and beyond.

Speakers:
David Mohl, JD, Principal, Jackson Lewis PC
Katharine Weber, JD, Principal, Jackson Lewis PC

12:15-12:30 pm ET – Break

12:30-1:30 pm ET – The Provider Says No Overtime: ADA and FMLA Compliance in the Face of Scheduling Challenges

Your employee provides a medical certification that says they cannot work overtime. Or that they can only work eight-hour shifts when the weekly schedule is four 10-hour shifts. Increasingly, employees are notifying their employers of medical restrictions that preclude working overtime or limit work during normal shift hours. This presents employers with challenges related to scheduling, productivity, interruption of business operations, fairness to other employees, and much more! In this session, we’ll identify FMLA and ADA issues employers face when overtime or scheduling becomes an issue such as calculating FMLA entitlement and usage or determining whether overtime is an essential function under the ADA. We’ll explore the steps an employer can take to deal with no overtime or other scheduling restrictions, and what options are available when it seems like there are none.

Speakers:
Marti Cardi, JD, Vice President, Product Compliance, Matrix Absence Management, Inc
Lana Rupprecht, Director, Product Compliance, Matrix Absence Management, Inc

1:30-2:00 pm ET – Break

2:00-2:40 pm ET – Roundtable Discussions

Future Proofing Your Absence Management Program
How have the challenges of the past two years affected your organization’s approach to your leave and disability programs? During this roundtable session, we will discuss the considerations or policy changes organizations have taken in response to COVID-19 and the Great Resignation.

Facilitator:
Ali Schaafsma, Senior Absence Consultant, Brown & Brown, Strategic Non-Medical Solutions

ADA & Return-to-Work Programs
How are employers modifying ADA practices in a post-pandemic environment? Discover valuable insight from other employers when we discuss how requests for accommodations, such as remote work or extended leave, are being addressed. We’ll also discuss how current return-to-work policies may be impacting ADA practices and share considerations for review.

Facilitator:
Amber Burnap, Senior Absence Consultant, Brown & Brown, Strategic Non-Medical Solutions

Intermittent FMLA Leave
An employee may take an FMLA leave of absence intermittently for the employee’s or family member’s serious health condition; a serious injury or illness of a covered servicemember; or for a qualifying exigency. Intermittent leave is a different animal that can be troubling at times. During this roundtable session, we will discuss how to manage and handle the many challenges intermittent leaves can bring.

Facilitator:
Darryl Frye, Absence Consultant, Brown & Brown, Strategic Non-Medical Solutions

2:40-2:45 pm ET – Break
2:45-3:45 pm ET – Next-Level Accommodation and ADA Challenges

The job accommodation and ADA compliance bar has dramatically risen, requiring a higher level of competence, ADA analysis, and engagement in the interactive accommodation process. Level-up your ADA and accommodation game and learn practical ways to master complex accommodation and ADA situations. In this session, we’ll share expert guidance on conducting the interactive process, addressing performance issues, modifying workplace policies, managing leave and attendance, and providing reasonable accommodations in a pandemic world.

Speaker:
Tracie DeFreitas, MS, Principal Consultant, ADA Specialist, Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

3:45-4:00 pm ET – Break
4:00-5:00 pm ET – Deep Dive Into Intermittent Leave Challenges

One of the most vexing challenges for employers under the FMLA is managing intermittent leave. Intermittent leave must also be managed under many other laws, including the ADA, even more paid family and medical leave laws, and pregnancy accommodation laws. In this session, we will examine tricky intermittent leave scenarios and provide common sense compliance solutions. We’ll also explore tools available to employers under the FMLA to manage intermittent leave abuse, including recertification and enforcement of call-in procedures. Through lively discussion and debate, you’ll discover the pros and cons of various approaches to intermittent leave management.

Speakers:
Abigail O’Connell, Senior Counsel, Sun Life US
Marjory Robertson, AVP and Senior Counsel, Sun Life US

Bonus Recorded Session

In addition to the four live sessions and roundtable discussions, we will also be providing attendees with a bonus recorded session, Combatting Excessive Leave: Managing FMLA Leave Misuse and Abuse, with Rachel Shaw, BA, MBA, Shaw HR Consulting.

Register Today

We are offering a single registration option that allows access to all live sessions and networking as well as on-demand access to the session recordings post-event. DMEC members receive discounted registration.

Registration Fees
DMEC members $129
Nonmembers $189

DMEC members receive discounted pricing for the event. Not sure if your organization is a member? If you aren’t sure if you or your organization is a DMEC member, follow these steps to add your company affiliation and verify your DMEC membership status. Or contact us at info@dmec.org or 800.789.3632, ex. 101.

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