ADA in the Workplace: Joint Management of Disability Programs

On July 26, 1990 the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law to establish a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The ADA provides a mechanism for protecting qualified disabled individuals from discriminatory actions on the part of employers with 15 or more employees. In the spirit of comprehensive coverage, the Americans with Disabilities Act is often ambiguous, making the opportunity for conflict within the workplace high. This seminar is designed to provide participants with a set of tools that would enable them to anticipate and mediate conflicts before they become disputes.

Who should attend a program of this nature?

Labor and/or management representatives charged with addressing issues pertaining to disabilities in the workplace would do well to attend of program of this nature or invite PIERS staff to conduct a program designed specifically for their organization.

Participants will:

  • Steps for establishing a joint labor-management committee to guide disability program management.
  • Special challenges ADA poses for collectively bargained workplaces.
  • Handling disabilities fairly.
  • Applications and terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Effective strategies for integrating people with disabilities into the workplace.
  • Issues pertaining to reasonable accommodation.
  • Strategies for addressing issues of confidentiality.
  • Methods of resolving as well as preventing accommodation disputes.
  • Undue hardship limitations