Managing Compliance in 2016 – FMLA Evolution, ADAAA Compliance, and Legislative Trends
April 14th, 2016 | 1:00 PM CST
Signed into law in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) sought to prohibit discrimination based on disability by requiring employers to make “reasonable accommodations” to employees with disabilities. With the passing of 2009’s Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), the scope and impact of the original Act was materially expanded: under the ADAAA provisions, fully 19 percent of working Americans are classified as living with a disability. Key elements of the regulatory landscape will impact employers and change the scope of their exposure. These include the recent Supreme Court decision altering the scope of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); more than 135 federal, state and municipal leave laws; President Obama’s proposal to establish paid sick leave at the federal level and proposals pending in 13 states for paid family leave.
Of these, the ADAAA is currently the most significant as it broadened the definition of a disability and reinforced that leave is a qualified accommodation. This has made things very complicated for employers, since employees with health conditions who exhaust their leave under FMLA may now be entitled to extend their leave under the ADA/ADAAA.
This webinar will focus on employer compliance, case law, and industry trends for FMLA/ADA.
About the Presenter:
Cheryl Jez | Regional Practice Leader – Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company
Cheryl Jez is a Regional Practice Leader for Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, an industry leading employee benefits carrier, and sister company Matrix Absence Management.
Cheryl joined Reliance Standard in 2005 and is responsible for the design, development and sale of Integrated Employee Benefits Programs. She also serves as a consultant to Fortune 1,000 employers on absence, productivity and compliance strategies that impact cost and improve results.
Products include FMLA, Workers Compensation, STD and LTD management as well as ADA accommodation through our ADA Advantage offering. Cheryl is based in our Dallas, TX regional sales office and is an insurance professional with over 25 years. Her expertise includes experience in product development, claim management, implementation, account management and consultative sales. She specializes in integrated health and productivity programs, including the management of ADA, FMLA, Short and Long-term Disability, Workers Compensation and Health Care. Cheryl is primarily responsible for the mid-west and southeast regions of the country.