2021 Tools & Tactics Webinar: Return to the Workplace and ADA Considerations

DMECTools & Tactics, Webinars

Tuesday, July 27

9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET

Companies of all industries and sizes were impacted by the pandemic, most notably by the massive shift from in-office work environments to the new work-from-home model. As offices begin to reopen, it’s important that employers have a plan in place for employees returning to the office, especially one that includes ADA considerations. Join us for this session as we discuss what employers should consider when developing a plan for returning employees to the office. We’ll also hear from executives at Panera Bread, Gonzaga University, and Indiana University Health who will share their return-to-workplace plans and best practices for a successful return.

DMEC members receive free registration for webinars.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the requirements for returning employees to the office, and how to instill mental readiness when the time comes.
  • Discover how your organization can face the challenges associated with employees feeling uncomfortable when returning to the office becomes a requirement.
  • Gain tips for effective interactive process discussions when an employee seeks an accommodation for risks associated with COVID-19.


Lisa Dehne
Benefits Manager
Panera Bread

Lisa Dehne is a benefits professional with 20+ years of experience working with management, employees, and vendors regarding benefit policies, procedures, claims, and eligibility. As the benefits manager at Panera Bread, Lisa manages the leave of absence team, including all FMLA, ADA, STD, and LTD processes. The LOA team provides leave and related benefit support to over 60,000 associates.

Dianne Ermold-Baker
HRIS/Absence Management Manager
Indiana University Health

Dianne Ermold-Baker is the human resource information system and absence management manager at Indiana University Health (IU). As an experienced human resources professional, Dianne has over 20 years of comprehensive knowledge in HR and a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and healthcare industry. Her team oversees all aspects of leave for IU health team members including FMLA, ADAAA, priority placement, and STD and LTD processes for a staff of over 35,000. Additionally, she manages the HR report processing for Indiana University Health.

Jennifer Limon
Vice President, Industry Solutions
Jennifer Limon’s experience in the leave management industry, along with her background in client-facing roles, gives her extensive industry and product knowledge critical to her position as vice president of industry solutions. Jennifer started her tenure at AbsenceSoft by managing client implementations. After spending time leading the product team, she now provides guidance to AbsenceSoft's teams and clients including product strategy and marketing expertise.
Lisa Schwartzenburg
Director of Benefits & Wellness
Gonzaga University

Lisa Schwartzenburg is an experienced director of benefits with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Lisa currently serves as the director of benefits and wellness at Gonzaga University, with extensive experience in ADA, leave administration, team building, management, and leadership.


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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