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    Virtual Lunch & Learn: ADA Accommodations & Undue Hardships

    Date: September 26, 2023, 11:30am – 12:30pm
    SHRM Berks Chapter
    Virtual via Zoom
    $10 chapter members / $15 guests invited by members
    Event Type:
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    ADA Accommodations & Undue Hardships

    Can we accommodate that?  This session will walk through the steps to evaluate an employee’s request for an accommodation due to their disability under the framework of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  We will discuss:

    • What is a disability?
    • Who is a qualified individual?
    • The ADA good faith interactive process and the role of medical information
    • The undue burden defense
    • The direct threat exception

    The session will integrate the EEOC Guidance on reasonable accommodations and undue hardship, interactive hypotheticals, and real case scenarios to illustrate these steps.

    Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

    • Understand the framework for analyzing ADA requests for reasonable accommodations
    • Evaluate the role that undue hardship and direct threat play in that role
    • Develop tools and forms to request medical information to assist in the interactive process

    Speaker:  Jill Welch, Esq., Barley Snyder, LLP 

    Ms. Welch is Chair of Barley Snyder's Employment Practice Group.  She represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation and councels employers on leave issues, workplace investigations, employment policies, handbook provisions, and employment, non-compete and severance agreements.