Understanding Americans with Disabilities Act

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    Speaker: Gayla Sherry
    Duration: 90 Minutes
    Product Code: 700173
    Level: Beginner
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The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act of 2008 are certainly complex in understanding and enforcement. The scope of the ADAAA is daunting and a compliance challenge for HR officials as well as line managers.

This webinar will provide an overview of all facets of ADAAA and provide practical tips for compliance. Common areas of noncompliance include a lack of understanding of the definition of disability and physical and mental impairments that are covered under the Act. HR and line managers often mishandle providing reasonable accommodations and engaging the employee in the “interactive process.”

Managing leaves under the ADA Amendments can be especially challenging, especially when ADA overlaps with Family and Medical Leave Act and/or workers’ compensation. The webinar speaker will share a wealth of her experience in complying to provide an informative session.

why should you attend

Whether new to HR compliance, or a seasoned veteran, the threat of lawsuits looms over us. And, with ever increasing workloads there is uncertainty and doubt about whether supervisors and managers, outside of the HR suite, are fully complying with complicated employment laws.

This webinar will present plain language ideas for HR compliance as well as supervisory and managerial compliance with the ADAAA.

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Areas Covered

•  Definition of “disability” under the ADA and ADAAA
•  Covered physical and mental impairments
•  What is not considered a disability
•  Examples of reasonable accommodations
•  Responsibilities of the employee and employer
•  Explanation of the interactive process
•  Guidelines for what all managers should know about the ADAAA
•  Managing leaves of absences under the ADAAA
•  Differing requirements for ADA and FMLA
•  Leave lengths
•  Managing intermittent leaves
•  Recent cases
•  Helpful resources and websites

Learning Objectives

Participants will gain:

  • Understanding of the breadth of the ADA - ADAAA and common compliance issues
  • Knowledge of how to comply with ADA - ADAAA
  • Application to ensure managers and supervisors are also complying with the ADA – ADAAA


Any professional in human resources or payroll, including:

•  Directors
•  Managers
•  Specialists and generalists
•  Department or line managers with significant responsibility


Gayla Sherry is President of Gayla R. Sherry Associates, Inc., an Oklahoma-based consulting firm established in1995; the firm's mission is to improve employee engagement and productivity byproviding human resources services. The firm has conducted many engagements with a widerange of clients, including financial services, health care, government, higher education,public, private and nonprofit organizations. Projects include HR Audits, developing policies,procedures, handbooks, job descriptions, Affirmative Action plans, management training, employee relations, mediating conflict, conducting internal investigations and succession planning.

Gayla is a well-respected human resources professional, accomplished speaker and facilitator, faculty member and published author. She brings a broad range of business experience in seniormanagement positions in human resources, operations, marketing and customer service.Gayla's business background includes senior management positions in commercial bankingand the Federal Reserve System. Gayla offers a highly-credentialed background as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, an EEOC-trained Internal Investigator and CertifiedMediator.

She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management. She is the author of numerous professional articles and books, including: "Employee Retention:Reducing the Risk and Cost of Employee Turnover", and posts an HR or management tip onYouTube, "Tuesday Tip".She is a Strategic Business Partner with Profiles International, the largest provider of assessments for hiring, development and succession planning. Gayla's education includes Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Business Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma; she is an honors graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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