2014-2015 Legal Issues Webinar*

This webinar series will utilize an online conferencing system. The Online Conferencing System is a fully accessible integrated data and voice medium that enables users to conduct workshops over the internet from just about any computer with a network connection and web browser. Participation is enhanced with use of a personal microphone.

All Sessions are scheduled from 1:00-2:30 p.m. (90 minute sessions) Central Time Zone(CT). The program is available in three formats:

  • Streaming Audio via the Blackboard Collaborate webinar platform V11
  • Real-time Captioning via the Blackboard Collaborate webinar platform V11
  • A telephone option is available by calling the toll number. NOTE: You will incur charges for telephone access based on your telephone provider.

All sessions have a digital recording of the session archived on this site.

Continuing Education Credits/Certificates

Some of the session are approved for Continuing Education Recognition. Please check the schedule to learn what CE recognitions are available per session.

Upon request, continuing education certificates are offered to enrollees whose attendance can be verified for a minimum of 80 minutes of the 90 minute session. The following types of certification are offered at the close of this session.

*The ADA Legal Issues Webinar Series schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the Great Lakes ADA Center.


November 19, 2014 » The ADA, FMLA/Leave of Absence & The Rehab Act: An Update

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires covered employers to provide eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave every year for various family and medical reasons. In particular, an eligible employee can take a leave if he/she is unable to work because of a serious health condition. On the other hand, the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against qualified disabled individuals and requires employers to provide accommodations that allow these individuals to perform the essential functions of their jobs. A leave of absence may be a reasonable accommodation if taking the leave would allow the disabled employee to return to work and perform the essential functions of the job. During this session we will discuss employer obligations to provide extended leaves of absence or other accommodations to employees who are on a leave of absence and have a disability protected by the ADA. Because the term reasonable accommodation includes accommodations that enable the employee to perform the essential functions of his or her job, various courts have agreed with the EEOC that unpaid medical leave, for a finite period, is a reasonable accommodation if it does not pose an undue hardship. The session will explain the manner in which the EEOC and courts have evaluated extended leaves of absence as well as claims of undue hardship. We will examine issues of overlap when it comes to FMLA and ADA accommodations, discuss recent cases that have emerged and how these might affect upcoming policy/guidance. During this session we will discuss:
  • Differences between someone who is deemed to have a "serious health condition" versus someone who is a "qualified individual with a disability" and how this affects ADA coverage
  • How and when medical inquiries can be used to determine coverage under the ADA and FMLA
  • Situations where both ADA and FMLA apply
  • How FMLA might differ at the federal versus state level
  • Differing reinstatement requirements under ADA versus FMLA
  • Differing reinstatement requirements under ADA versus FMLA
  • Undue Hardship
  • Recent or emerging cases surrounding these issues
Speaker: JD,Deputy Director, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Houston District Office
Continuing Education Recognition:
  • Great Lakes ADA Center Certificate of Attendance (1.5 Contact Hours)

The ADA Audio Conference Series is Coordinated by the Great Lakes ADA Center. For assistance with any of our conferences contact us at
(877) 232 - 1990 (V/TTY). We reserve the right to cancel sessions at any time without notice. A full refund will be provided for all paid sessions should the sessions be cancelled.