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Service Animals: Legal Obligations for Providing ADA Accommodations for Employees, Clients, and Third Parties

Service Animals: Legal Obligations for Providing ADA Accommodations for Employees, Clients, and Third Parties - On-Demand

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Service Animals: Legal Obligations for Providing ADA Accommodations for Employees, Clients, and Third Parties - On-Demand

Webinar now available On-Demand.

WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn how to handle ADA accommodations regarding employees and clients who need therapy or service animals, what you can and cannot do, and how to provide accommodations creatively to comply with your organization’s needs as well.

Most of us have experienced this or a similar situation. You’re in a place of business or at work, and notice someone has a dog with them. It’s a “therapy dog” or an “emotional support” animal.  Among other reasons, these dogs and other therapy animals can help to lessen an owner’s anxiety and depression. And business owners are hard put to know what the legal limits are on allowing or banning such animals.

Are such animals service animals? If not, what’s the difference between an emotional support and a service animal? Does an organization have obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with respect to one but not the other as they pertain to employees, clients, customers, or other third parties?

Questions like these abound, and it’s time to take a close look at the issue so your organization is prepared to deal with requests for animals inside your workplace, even in cases when it’s not immediately apparent that an individual has a disability.

Use this on-demand webinar that will explore the extent to which ADA protections apply when an employee, client, customer, or another third-party requests to have an animal by his or her side in your workplace.

After attending this webinar, you’ll be able to:

  • Recognize the difference between a service and an emotional support animal—and why knowing the distinction is important
  • Identify when an animal-related accommodation is required under the ADA 
  • Respond in a legal manner when the organization cannot accommodate having a service animal in the workplace
  • Find creative alternatives to accommodating a person’s disability when you have a no-animal policy in place
  • Address issues concerning employees’ allergies when service animal are in your workplace
  • And much more!

About Your Presenters

H. Rowan Leathers IIIH. Rowan Leathers III, Esq.
Butler Snow LLP

Rowan Leathers is a member of Butler Snow LLP’s Labor and Employment and Commercial Litigation Groups. He concentrates his practice in the areas of advising and representing employers in a broad spectrum of employment related matters; businesses regarding accessibility and other public accommodation issues; CPAs in ethical, regulatory, operational and professional liability matters; and financial institutions concerning fiduciary, transactional and operational disputes.

Brent SilerBrent E. Siler, Esq.
Butler Snow LLP

Brent Siler of Butler Snow represents clients in employment and construction law matters.  In his employment law practice, he advises employers on management issues, drafts contracts and other employment related documents, and represents clients in state and federal courts in wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, OSHA, non-competition and employee benefits matters.  In his construction law practice, he advises owners, contractors, and other clients on construction-related matters, negotiates and drafts construction contracts and other agreements, and represents clients in construction-related litigation and arbitration and general commercial litigation.