CONFERENCE: Attorney Joshua A. Hawks-Ladds Presented at ACI National Employment Practices Liability Insurance Forum

Pullman & Comley attorney Joshua A. Hawks-Ladds, chair of the Labor, Employment Law and Employee Benefits practice, was a speaker at the American Conference Institute's 25th Annual National Forum on Employment Practices Liability Insurance. 

Attorney Hawks-Ladds co-presented, "Navigating the ADA, FMLA and Worker's Compensation Maze: Coverage Complexities, 'Hot Button' Accommodation Issues and Accessibility Claims (Including Recent Heightened Focus on Website Accessibility), and Solutions for Minimizing Exposure to Disability Discrimination/FMLA Claims" on the second day of the conference. 

The presentation covered:

  • Navigating the complexities involved with the intersection of the ADA, FMLA and Workers’ Compensation rules
  • Ongoing hurdles relating to ADA amendments
  • The EEOC’s continued efforts in ADA litigation
  • The latest on reasonable accommodations and satisfying the requirement to engage in the “interactive” and “deliberative” process in determining accommodations
  • The latest on what is deemed “reasonable” given the ADA’s lack of hard and fast rules
  • The rise in mental disability/accommodation claims and the unique hurdles in identifying and accommodating mental disabilities
  • The recent rise in ADA website accessibility claims (accommodations of disabilities relating to use of company websites); what to expect from DOJ’s pending website accessibility rules
  • Training employees regarding FMLA leave and accommodation