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2015-2016 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 18, 2015 » Wellness Programs and the ADA: The Intersection of the ADA and Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs, Reasonable Accommodations, Medical Inquiries, Business Necessity, and Confidentiality

There is a new conflict in town: employer-sponsored wellness programs and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). On several occasions the EEOC has sued employers for allegedly forcing compulsory and intrusive wellness programs aimed to improve the general health of employees. Legal Specialist Diego Demaya, J.D. will analyze issues to determine whether these popular Affordable Care Act (ACA) supported health improvement programs pose a discrimination problem against workers with disabilities and a tangible liability on employers. Is there a possible compromise for employers to foster employee wellness while avoiding unlawful medical inquiries? Diego Demaya, J.D., Legal Specialist with the Southwest ADA Center will discuss these and other related issues including:
  • Key concepts of wellness programs
  • Identify what laws crisscross with wellness program medical inquiries including ADA, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Civil Rights Act, etc.
  • When a Wellness Program conflicts with ADA and other significant laws; e.g., is it truly voluntary and non-penalizing? Does the medical inquiry vitiate GINA and HIPAA?
  • What has EEOC litigation yielded thus far?
Speaker: J.D., Legal Specialist
Continuing Education Recognition:
  • Great Lakes ADA Center Certificate of Attendance (1.5 Contact Hours)

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