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Depending on their size, employers must comply with two important federal laws when they are dealing with employee absenteeism. The Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended covers businesses with at least 15 employees. Under the ADA, a leave of absence may be a reasonable accommodation depending upon the circumstances. Employers with at least 50 employees must also comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act, which provides 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year for eligible employees. This webinar will cover an employer’s obligations under these laws, how the laws overlap and diverge in their application, and the different avenues available under each law by which to substantiate the need for leave. We will also cover how these laws sometimes work together to provide more leave than an employer would otherwise expect.
Employers must be familiar with the requirements and restrictions imposed by each law so that they avoid costly mistakes. If an employer violates either law when administering employee leaves, it could result in costly litigation and attorney fees.
Rebecca Jacobs is a training consultant and employment law attorney. Her firm Rebecca Jacobs LLC provides customized and interactive employee training on multiple topics, including sexual harassment prevention and bystander intervention. She also conducts training on preventing discrimination, classifying independent contractors properly, and complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Her employment law counseling work includes preparing employee handbooks and reviewing non-compete agreements.
Ms. Jacobs received her Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1997 and worked in private practice for many years. She litigated employment law cases in state and federal court and provided counseling for her clients. She still practices law in Ohio and is licensed (but inactive) in California. She is an adjunct lecturer for the Department of Management and Human Resources at Ohio State University's Max M. Fisher College of Business. She teaches Contemporary Employment Practices and the Law I and II to graduate students.