Bipolar in Workplace: Employer Responsibilities under ADA & FMLA

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Prerecorded Event
60 minutes
Product Description

Confidently—and Legally—Manage Employees with Mental Health Conditions


An employer’s responsibilities towards those with bipolar disorder—under both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)—are about as complex as the condition itself. For instance, ADA prohibits discrimination against bipolar employees as long as the person can perform the essential job functions, but defining job functions and documenting ability is complicated. Find out what—exactly—is required of you.

In this webinar, HR attorney Susan Fahey Desmond decodes the many misconceptions that circulate about bipolar disorder—including the skepticism about its symptoms, actual existence, and the kind of actions that could arise from it. The truth is: When treated appropriately, bipolar employees can excel at the workplace.

Desmond will show you how to confidently comply with all your legal responsibilities—and protect your company from civil lawsuits that can cost you wages, retroactive benefits, compensatory damages, and more. Get all the key people in your office up to speed on everything  from how the EEOC and courts are treating bipolar disorder within the purview of ADA to when you can ask an employee to seek treatment through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)—and what to do if an employee fails to take their medication.

In today’s all-inclusive workplace, you can’t afford to be out of step with anti-discrimination law. Whether you are a company owner, a CEO, an HR manager or a benefits specialist, this webinar can help you address employee behavior compassionately, appropriately, and compliantly—and save you hundreds of thousands of dollars!

Session Highlights:

This session will answer critical questions, such as:

  • What is bipolar disorder? Why is there a rise in the diagnosis of bipolar disorder?
  • How are the EEOC and courts treating bipolar disorder within the meaning of the ADA?
  • What are your obligations under the Family and Medical Leave Act?
  • Can you require an employee to seek medical treatment if you feel that the employee is demonstrating behavior that is threatening or dangerous to others?
  • When can you ask an employee to seek treatment through the EAP?
  • Can you require an employee to stay on their medication – and what are your rights if the employee fails to take their medication?

Who Should Attend

  • Business owners
  • Human resource professionals
  • Office managers
  • Supervisors
  • Benefits specialists
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About Our Speaker

Susan Fahey Desmond

Susan Fahey Desmond is a partner with Jackson Lewis, LLP, which has offices in over 54 cities across the United States. She has been representing management in all aspects of labor in employment law since 1985. She is listed in Best Lawyers in America and has been named by Chamber USA as one of America’s Leading Business Lawyers for labor and employment law. She is also listed in...   More Info
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