"ADA Accommodations and FMLA Abuse"
presented by: Claudia Orr, Plunkett Cooney and Julia Turner Baumhart, Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton
ADA accommodation questions and concerns over FMLA abuse are overtaking other HR concerns at an alarming rate and producing a flood of litigation, despite steps that employers can take to reduce the likelihood that such claims would be filed in the first place.
Upon completion of this webcast, participants will have an understanding of:
- Michigan Persons With Disabilities – coverage and applicability and required accommodations and undue hardship.
- Americans With Disabilities – coverage and applicability, interactive process, accommodations and undue hardship.
- Information that can be sought to determine obligations to employees claiming disability and requiring accommodation.
- How to identify potential employee abuse of Family and Medical Leave Act protections.
- How to address FMLA abuse and prevent reoccurrences.
This webinar has been approved for 1.0 General Credit.
Complimentary for Detroit SHRM Members
$25 for Non-Members of Detroit SHRM
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
An attorney in Plunkett Cooney’s Detroit office, Claudia Orr focuses her practice primarily in the area of labor and employment law. Claudia has been listed among the Best Lawyers in America® for Labor & Employment Law (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC), 2014 and 2015; has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating-AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated (AV Preeminent is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies); and is a Top Lawyer in Labor & Employment, dbusiness Magazine, 2010 and 2015.
As a counselor, Ms. Orr regularly advises clients on employment/labor matters, including hiring, discipline/discharge, complex ADA/Family and Medical Leave Act/STD-LTD/Workers' Disability Compensation issues, and labor grievances/arbitration matters. Ms. Orr regularly defends clients in litigation and arbitration matters involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, FMLA violations, wage/benefit issues, retaliation against whistleblowers, public policy discharge, unpaid commissions, and pension, severance and other ERISA claims, etc. She also has an ever growing practice as an arbitrator and mediator of employment/labor claims.
Julia Turner Baumhart is a Partner with Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton, P.L.C. Over the past 20 years, Ms. Baumhart has represented employers of all sizes, including many Fortune 500 employers, in disputes at the trial and appellate levels. Ms. Baumhart’s client base has spanned the automotive, publishing, technology, hospitality, education, oil and pipeline, entertainment, media, finance, retail, insurance, and other industry sectors, and has encompassed all areas of employment law. She has successfully defended employers in class actions and pattern-and-practice cases, as well as in single-plaintiff litigation. Prior to joining Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton at its inception in 1997, Ms. Baumhart was an employment law associate with the Detroit-based Dickinson Wright law firm; a judicial clerk to Judge James L. Ryan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; and Employment Litigation Coordinator and Employee Relations Manager for EDS. In 1972, Ms. Baumhart earned her Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1993, she graduated magna cum laude from the Wayne State University Law School, where she received numerous awards for writing and scholarship, including the Order of the Coif. A frequent speaker at employment law seminars, Ms. Baumhart has published on affirmative action and OFCCP audits, performance appraisals, employer access to employee email, and other workplace issues. Ms. Baumhart is “AV” peer-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was named by dbusiness magazine as a Top Lawyer in employment litigation. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s Labor & Employment and Litigation Sections, the State Bar of Michigan’s Labor & Employment Section, the Defense Research Institute, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, Detroit SHRM’s Legal Affairs Committee, and the Oakland County Bar Association, where she serves as a case evaluator for employment cases. She is also an Oakland County Bar Foundation Fellow.