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Safety and the ADA: Balancing Safety Concerns with Reasonable Accommodations and Limiting Legal Liability - On-Demand

Safety and the ADA: Balancing Safety Concerns with Reasonable Accommodations and Limiting Legal Liability - On-Demand

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Safety and the ADA: Balancing Safety Concerns with Reasonable Accommodations and Limiting Legal Liability - On-Demand

Webinar now available On-Demand.

WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: This webinar will help guide employers through their responsibilities under the ADA – from determining whether an individual is a qualified individual to navigating the interactive process.


The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits employers from discriminating against employees with disabilities and imposes obligations on employers to make reasonable accommodations so that individuals with disabilities can perform essential job functions.

But what qualifies as a disability, and how far does the duty to accommodate extend? What if an employee’s disability poses a safety or health hazard, or the employer cannot accommodate a disability in a way that both protects safety and allows the essential functions of the job to be performed? Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, how does the ADA apply to employees who have requested to continue working remotely after the company has resumed on-site operations or who have requested other accommodations in response to COVID-related health concerns?

Use this on-demand webinar that will provide the answers to these questions and more.

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

  • Navigate intersecting duties under OSHA’s GDC and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Determine what constitutes an essential job function for the purposes of the ADA
  • Understand an employer’s obligation to engage in an interactive process with employees who have requested accommodations for ADA-covered disabilities
  • Recognize how the ADA may apply to employees’ COVID-19-related health concerns and accommodation requests
  • Understand your legal duty in response to employee accommodation requests amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic


About Your Presenters

Kara M. Maciel

Kara M. Maciel is a founding partner of Conn Maciel Carey and Chair of the firm’s national Labor & Employment Practice Group. She focuses her practice on representing employers in all aspects of the employment relationship.

Ms. Maciel works to create workplace solutions for her clients across all industries. She counsels clients on issues related to ADA accessibility, wage hour compliance, prevention of harassment and discrimination, effective employment policies and procedures, developing a compliant employee handbook, effective strategies for labor relations, and managing a unionized workforce. She also defends employers in litigation at both the federal and state levels, including matters related to ADA, FLSA, FMLA, and Title VII.

Ms. Maciel pays special attention to the issues facing companies in the hospitality (including hotel owners and managers, resorts, restaurants, spas, country clubs, golf clubs, and fitness clubs); retail; grocery; food and dairy distribution; healthcare; trade association; and non-profit sectors.

Daniel DeaconDaniel C. Deacon

Daniel C. Deacon is an Associate in the Washington, DC office of Conn Maciel Carey LLP working in both the Labor and Employment and OSHA practice groups. Mr. Deacon advises and represents employers on a wide range of employment-related issues, including wage and hour disputes, claims of discrimination and harassment, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  Mr. Deacon also helps employers develop and implement effective workplace policies and safety and health programs.  

Additionally, Mr. Deacon represents and advises employers during inspections and investigations conducted by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and state OSHA programs, responds to notices from OSHA about employee complaints of safety hazards, and represents employers in OSHA litigation, including citation contests and administrative hearings.