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    MVHRA Meeting - presentation: FMLA and ADA Compliance

    Date: August 3, 2022, 11:30am – 1:00pm
    via ZOOM
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    Presented by: Rebecca Reif, Attorney at Ahlers & Cooney, P.C.

    Presentation Overview: Becky will discuss the topic of compliance with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), and state law in the current human resources environment, with a focus on new case law, agency guidance, and employee issues developing during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Focus will be placed on handling remote work requests and arrangements, both in complying with the FMLA, ADA, and state law, as well as adopting a remote work policy. Becky will provide multiple “real-world” examples of handling employee accommodation requests involving remote work, and how to navigate them in a legally compliant manner, while identifying the nuances and gray areas of the law.

    Attendees will learn:

    • Learning and/or confirming the legal elements and requirements of the FMLA and ADA
    • Learning and applying case law and agency guidance for employee issues post-COVID, including employee leave and requests for accommodation 
    • Interpreting and applying legal principles and agency guidance to employee remote work accommodation requests and/or the adoption of a remote work policy

    Speaker’s Background & Experience:

    Becky Reif is a shareholder at the Ahlers & Cooney law firm in Des Moines, Iowa. Becky graduated from Drake Law School in 2013 with Highest Honors, and as a member of the Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers, before joining the firm in 2015.

    At Ahlers, Becky is a member of the firm’s Public and Private Law Practice Areas, with a focus on Employment & Labor Law, Education Law, and Litigation. In the area of employment law, Becky serves clients in strategic planning and litigation related to employment relationships, including reviewing, and revising policies and employment agreements, and advising on compliance with federal laws such as the FLSA and FMLA. In addition, she assists employers by conducting internal investigations, as well as defending claims of retaliation, discrimination and harassment, and other employment-related claims. 


    HRCI for 1.0 (General) PHR/SPHR Recertification Credit Hour & SHRM Approved for 1.0 SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Professional Development Credit. “The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.”