2021 Virtual Education Forum Webinar: Keeping the ADA Straight – State by State

Jennifer NelsonVirtual Education Forum, Webinars

Tuesday, May 18

9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET

Staying on top of ADA trends can be a daunting task, especially with states enacting their own specific laws in addition to the federal requirements. With differing definitions of disability across programs, employers are challenged to consider each in an effort to remain compliant. During this session, we will review ADA disability determinations, interactive process requirements, and what constitutes a reasonable accommodation. We will also highlight the required accommodations that are present in some state laws that are over/above what federal law requires.

In this webinar, we will walk through each scenario from the perspective of an employer, an ADA administrator, and legal counsel to outline roles and responsibilities in the ADA process. We will also be discussing COVID-related disability concerns, in addition to frequently asked questions like pregnancy considerations and intermittent needs.

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

DMEC members receive free registration for webinars.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify current ADA accommodations including the “differing definitions of disability” from a federal, state, and pregnancy perspective.
  • Gain an understanding of what constitutes a reasonable accommodation through case examples.
  • Discover appropriate resources and practical tips to support your ADA workflow.


Kristi Durr
HR Operations Manager
St. Charles Health System

Kristi Durr is the human resources operations manager at St. Charles Health System in Bend, Oregon. She has been with St. Charles for eleven years, expanding and developing the leave administration, benefits, and HRIS teams to include workers’ compensation, disability, and accommodations.

Tamika Newson
AVP & Legal Counsel
Unum Law Group

Tamika Newson joined Unum after 22 years of national employment law counseling and litigation as a partner in several large law firms. While in private practice, Ms. Newson was selected as a “Best Lawyer in America” in the area of employment law every year from 2013-2019.  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.


Danette Washum
Director, Benefit Operations

Danette has worked at Unum for over 14 years in a variety of roles. Danette started her career as an FMLA specialist prior to transitioning into FMLA consultant and quality compliance specialist roles. She was promoted to the first ADA specialist role at Unum during the pilot phase, moved to a manager role, and was most recently promoted to a benefit operations director. This position has overall responsibility for managing a team of front-line leaders who are responsible for quality management of claims and/or leaves for an assigned block of customers in a team-oriented, multi-disciplined environment. 


This session qualifies for the following CEUs: 1 ADMS, 1 CDMS, 1 CLMS, 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 for 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

DMEC members receive free registration for webinars. 

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