3rd Quarter Employers’ School – Petaluma

Posted on: May 29th, 2018

July 25, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
5401 Old Redwood Hwy, Suite 105
Petaluma, CA 94954

Return to Work
Presented by InterWest Insurance Services

Accommodating work restrictions has a positive financial impact from a workers’ compensation claims perspective, but how do you also navigate the legal obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? This session is designed to help employers understand how to balance the impact of accommodating work restrictions while minimizing exposure for disability discrimination. During the first part of the session, which will focus on workers’ compensation, attendees will learn how to establish a formal Return-to-Work Program and be afforded some tools to assist with development and documentation. In addition to providing some alternatives to “traditional” modified duty, we will discuss the difference between temporary and permanent accommodation, the employer’s rights in offering and enforcing modified duty and the financial benefit of implementing an effective Return-to-Work Program.

What California Employers Need to Know About Disability Discrimination
Presented by Holden Law Group

One of the biggest challenges employers face is the increasing number of employees with physical and/or mental disability claims under ADA and California’s FEHA. Not only do they affect day-to-day operations, long-range implications may result from the potential liability and expense of defending against disability discrimination lawsuits. We will discuss recent legal trends of what encompasses a disability and the complexity of adding workers’ compensation injuries to the mix. We will also discuss the interaction between disability and leave laws, the duty to conduct a good faith interactive discussion, what constitutes reasonable accommodation vs undue burden and practical techniques to manage it all.

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