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Accommodating Disabilities Related to Anxiety Disorders - On-Demand

Accommodating Disabilities Related to Anxiety Disorders - On-Demand

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Accommodating Disabilities Related to Anxiety Disorders - On-Demand

Webinar now available On-Demand.

Program Length: 1.5 hours

WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: This on-demand webinar will address all of your pressing questions for handling the return of employees to your workplace efficiently.

Businesses are beginning to reopen, but not all workers are ready to go back. Before terminating an employee who is afraid to return to work, employers should engage in the interactive process as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws to determine whether the employee’s refusal to return to work is protected by law.

Employers faced with workers refusing to return to work need to evaluate each case to determine whether a reluctant employee has a legally protected reason for not going back to work.

Many employees reluctant to return to work may cite anxiety, but that may not qualify them for leave or unemployment benefits.

Accommodations are one way to avoid providing time off, but employers aren't required to provide an accommodation if it presents an "undue hardship"—one that presents a "significant difficulty or expense" for the employer.

If an employee doesn't have a qualifying reason for not going back to work, you may terminate him, but you must treat similarly situated employees the same and not retaliate against employees for any protected activity, such as taking legally protected leave.

This on-demand webinar will address all of your pressing questions for handling the return of employees to your workplace efficiently.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Implement creative strategies to accommodate returning employees that suffer from anxiety disorders
  • Identify what qualifies an employee for leave or unemployment benefits
  • Properly apply the guidelines provided by the ADA and other laws that insure employee and employer return-to-work success
  • Execute workplace tactics that provide a smooth transition with accommodations and/or terminations

About Your Presenter

Debra KissenDr. Debra Kissen, PhD, M.H.S.A.,
CEO of Light On Anxiety CBT Treatment Center

Dr. Kissen specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and related disorders. Dr. Kissen is the author of the Dr. of the Panic Workbook for TeensRewire Your Anxious Brains for Teens: Using CBT, Neuroscience, and Mindfulness to Help You End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry (The Instant Help Solutions Series)) and the soon to be released Break Free from Intrusive Thoughts: An Evidence-Based Guide for Managing Fear and Finding Peace. Dr. Kissen also has a special interest in the principles of mindfulness and its application for anxiety disorders. Dr. Kissen has presented her research on CBT and mindfulness-based treatments for anxiety and related disorders at regional and national conferences. Dr. Kissen is the Co-Chair of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America Public Education Committee. Dr. Kissen was the recipient of the 2020 Gratitude for Giving Spirit Award and the 2018 Anxiety Depression Association of America Member of Distinction Award. 

Dr. Kissen often serves as a media psychologist and is available for press inquiries and strives to further the dissemination of empirically supported treatment (EST) information by offering user-friendly quotes and simple to understand, practical tips and solutions to help mental health consumers move past stress and anxiety.

Credit Information

HR Certification Institute HRCI
SHRM Preferred Provider

HRCI® ( official seal confirms that BLR®—Business & Learning Resources meets the criteria for preapproved recertification credit(s) for any of HRCI’s eight credentials, including SPHR® and PHR®.

This program has been approved for 1.5 (HR (General)) recertification credit Approved Provider toward aPHR®, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through the HRCI.”
These credits expire 12/31/21.

BLR®—Business & Learning Resources is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit
The on-demand credits expire 12/31/21.