Steve Ensor and Charles Gartland spoke at this Labor and Employment Breakfast on the following topics:
Returning to Work after Medical Leave – More Traps for the Unwary - The overlapping and sometimes contradictory requirements of the FMLA, the ADA and workers’ compensation laws often collide when an employee seeks to return to work after an injury or illness. In this session, we reviewed recent developments in this area, including light duty policies, medical releases, reasonable accommodation obligations, the practical impact of settlements of workers’ compensation claims, and discussed common claims of discrimination and retaliation regarding returning to work after medical leave.
Family Values – New Theories of Discrimination - In the wake of May 2007 guidelines from the EEOC and recent national news articles, employers should be prepared for a new species of employment discrimination claims – disparate treatment claims based on family caregiving obligations. While no federal antidiscrimination statute exists that explicitly provides protected status to family caregivers, the EEOC and a network of lawyers have mapped out arguments through which employers can be held liable for "family responsibility discrimination" under existing laws. In this session, we examined the basis for the new theory, reviewed some recent cases involving these claims, and discussed preventative measures.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
8:15am - 10:00 am
Alston & Bird LLP / 1180 West Peachtree Street / Atlanta, GA / 15th Floor