The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Workers Compensation laws-the three core US laws concerning employment-are intricately related to each other. Their relationship with each other is such that it has earned the epithet, the “Bermuda Triangle of employment law”.
Considering that employers who come under these laws can be hauled up legally if they fail to comply with these laws; it is absolutely essential for them to understand the nitty-gritty of each of these laws and the way each relates to the other. The penalties that attach to noncompliance are significant. So, employers are morally and legally bound to implement the ADA, FMLA and Workers Compensation laws at their organizations to ensure that the employees receive the benefits and protections these laws provide.
To do so, everyone in the organization concerned with the application of these laws, such as senior leadership, human resources professionals, compliance professionals, payroll professionals, and operations professionals, needs to be aware of the meaning, purpose and detail of these laws.
It is to familiarize them with not just the letter, but also the spirit of these laws that GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of regulatory compliance, is organizing a six-hour learning session on the topic, “The Interplay of the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and Workers’ Compensation”, on January 15, 2020.
Diane L. Dee, President of Advantage HR Consulting LLC, will be the expert at this session. Please log on to Globalcompliancepanel to register for this highly pertinent and valuable webinar.
Each of these laws carries its own unique purposes and background in which it was legislated. At their core, this the purview of each of these laws:
- The ADA: Aimed at prohibiting discrimination at the workplace
- The FMLA: This law sets minimum leave standards
- Workers compensation laws: Set the rules for the ways and extent to which employees who get injured at the workplace need to be compensated and rehabilitated and for minimizing employer liability.
There is significant overlap when these three laws are to be applied in practice, often in tandem. For example, most unscheduled and scheduled absences related to the illness of an employee or a family member, call for application of each, two or all three of these laws. When these laws are not implemented in the way they are supposed to be, the employers risk facing significant penalties and may have to take remedial actions that could include reinstatement, backpays, retroactive benefits, and damages of various kinds.
Participants of this webinar will gain a clear understanding of each of these laws individually, and more importantly, the way they interact with each other. They will learn how to integrate these aspects of these laws into company policies. The expert will also show how employers should make these policies known to the employees.
About the speaker: Diane brings over 25 years of experience in the Human Resources arena. She has done HR consulting and administration in corporate, government, consulting and pro bono environments. Her organization provides comprehensive, cost-effective Human Resources solutions for small to mid-sized firms in the greater Chicagoland area. Additionally, Diane conducts webinars on a wide-variety of HR topics for training firms across the country.