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Leave it to Us: Tackling Leave and Accommodation Challenges

FMLA and ADA issues present everyday challenging scenarios even for the most experienced leave manager. One false move or misstep can lead to years of litigation and thousands of dollars in fees and expenses, not to mention potential exposure to significant liability. In this session, we will help you make strategic moves and manage the variety of issues that arise during both the leave management and accommodation processes. Topics addressed include best practices for leave management, accommodation trends, and paid sick leave laws.

Your Instructors

Kristin Bauer is a Principal with the Dallas office of Jackson Lewis PC and a member of the firm’s Disability, Leave and Health Management practice group. Kristin represents management exclusively in workplace law and related litigation. Kristin has an active advice and counsel and litigation practice addressing workplace issues such as termination decisions, investigations, employment agreements, non-compete issues, wage and hour laws, policies and handbooks, and other issues affecting the workplace. Kristin also devotes a substantial part of her practice to issues impacting ill and injured employees, such as the ADA, FMLA and related state and local laws. Ms. Bauer is a government advocacy co-chair for Texas SHRM. She has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer 2014-18 and repeatedly as a Rising Star, as well as by Best Lawyers in America© since 2018.
Katrin (Kathy) Schatz is a Principal in the Dallas, Texas office of Jackson Lewis and a member of the firm’s Disability, Leave and Health Management practice group. Kathy focuses a significant portion of her practice on assisting employers in navigating the increasingly complex legal framework for working with ill and injured workers, creating effective strategies for ADA and FMLA compliance and developing best practices for attendance management. She also advises clients on meeting their obligations under the public accommodations provisions of the ADA and works with federal contractors on affirmative action planning and compliance. An experienced litigator, Kathy routinely represents employers in administrative and court proceedings in a wide variety of employment matters. She has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America© 2019, is a frequent speaker on employment issues and is a regular contributor to the firm’s disability, leave and health management blog.