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    MVHRA Meeting Presentation: "ADA and FMLA Updates"

    Date: September 4, 2019, 11:30am – 1:00pm
    Great River Medical Center - Blackhawk Room
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    “ADA and FMLA Updates”

    Presented by: Rebecca E. Reif, Attorney-at-Law

    During this presentation, Ms. Reif will provide an update on two critically important federal employment laws: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The presentation will focus on cases decided in Iowa and in other jurisdictions which provide practical insight for human resources professionals. Attendees will learn practical strategies for dealing with difficult ADA/FMLA employee issues and best practices for compliance with the two laws.

    In this presentation attendees will learn about:

    • Determining “essential” job functions for purposes of ADA reasonable


    • Determining when to start the ADA interactive process or provide FMLA

      paperwork in difficult scenarios

    • The intersection of the FMLA and ADA for the same health condition
    • The ADA, FMLA, and “light duty” work for employees with worker’s comp


      Speaker’s Background & Experience: Rebecca E. Reif is a shareholder at the Ahlers & Cooney law firm based in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about the firm is available here:

    Ms. Reif is a member of the firm’s Public and Private Law Practice Areas, with a focus on Employment & Labor Law and Litigation. Ms. Reif serves clients in strategic planning and litigation related to employment relationships, including reviewing and revising policies and employment agreements, and advising on compliance with state law and federal laws such as the ADA, FLSA, and FMLA. In addition, she assists employers in defending claims of retaliation, discrimination and harassment, wage & hour, and other employment-related claims. 


    J.D. (with Highest Honors), Drake University, 2013

    B.A., Political Science (Magna Cum Laude), Colorado State University, 2008


    HRCI for 1.0 (General) PHR/SPHR Recertification Credit Hour

    SHRM Approved for 1.0 SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Professional Development Credit

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    It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.”