Changes to the ADA and FMLA, Downstate Program (March 2009)

January 11, 2009

Who Should Attend
Human Resources Professionals, Executives and Business Owners who wish to understand the workings of the updated laws.

HRCI Recertification Credit
This program has been submitted to the HR Certification Institute.

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Program Summary
Both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) have undergone significant changes recently as a result of new legislative and regulatory developments. These changes will have a major impact on employers and how they address and document requests for accommodation under the ADA and leave under the FMLA. This breakfast briefing will provide you with practical information on how these changes will affect your organization and what you need to do to ensure that you are in compliance.

The presentation will focus on:

  • The ADA: What was the law and what is it now?
  • ADA training and other preventive measures that employers need to take
  • How litigation under the ADA Amendment Act will be different, and the interplay between litigation and training
  • How do the changes affect New York employers covered by the New York Human Rights Law?
  • The new definition of "serious health condition" under FMLA
  • How have notice rules changed under FMLA?
  • New rules affecting settlements of FMLA claims
  • Effect of "light duty" on FMLA leave time
  • New rule on FMLA's effect on attendance incentives
  • New guidance on military and non-military leaves under the FMLA


RICHARD G. KASS is a graduate of Yale University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1982) and Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1985), where he was Articles Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review.

Mr. Kass has practiced exclusively in the field of Labor and Employment Law on behalf of management for more than 20 years. He represents a wide range of employers in such industries as civil engineering, printing, manufacturing, retail, catering, and education. His practice encompasses all aspects of Labor and Employment Law, in both the private and public sectors.

In addition to defending employers in litigation, engaging in collective bargaining, and counseling clients on a variety of workplace issues, Mr. Kass has trained hundreds of managers and supervisors in preventing workplace harassment. Bar associations and management groups have asked him to lecture on such topics as employee discipline, wage and hour regulations, the investigation of alleged workplace misconduct, and the drafting and enforcement of noncompetition agreements. Mr. Kass has taught Labor and Employment Law at the State University of New York at Old Westbury and at the Pratt Institute as an adjunct professor.

MARK N. REINHARZ is a graduate of Cornell University (B.S., 1980) and Boston University School of law (J.D., 1984), where he was named a G. Joseph Tauro Scholar and a Paul J. Liacos Scholar.

Mr. Reinharz practice covers collective bargaining, arbitration, employment discrimination and litigation, wage-hour matters, ERISA, and OSHA. He also provides management training on a variety of subjects, including the prevention of sexual harassment. Mr. Reinharz serves on the editorial board of The Employment Law Strategist, a monthly newsletter published by Leader Publications, a division of the New York Law Publishing Company.