Special session on ADA Amendments Act Final Regulations

NOTE: This session was held on April 4, 2011. Please refer to the Archive section to access a recording of the session.

Topic:

Special session on ADA Amendments Act Final Regulations

Are you asking the same questions or have you experienced some of the same issues as many of your colleagues or friends based on what was published in the proposed regulations versus the final regulations?
  • "Human resource professionals have raised concerns about the proposed list of presumptive disabilities covered under the ADA and how this is addressed in the final version, changes in the treatment of “working” as a major life activity, and the new terminology such as “transitory and minor”."
  • "The courts have issued rulings under the law without the advantage of the regulatory guidance typically available from EEOC."
  • "People with disabilities want to know if they are now covered under the new definition of disability."
We've all been waiting for them. Now is the time to learn how the final ADAAA EEOC regulations will affect people with disabilities, employers, and the workplace on a day to day basis.
Join us as we learn more about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) final regulations released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Friday, March 25, 2011.
Schedule:
  • April 4th, 2011
Time:
  • Eastern: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Central: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Presenters:
Sharon Rennert
Senior Attorney Advisor
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act
(GINA) Division
Office of Legal Counsel

Sharon Rennert is the senior member of the EEOC's ADA Division staff, having joined the Division in January 1992. During 2003, she served as Acting Director of the ADA Division.Ms. Rennert develops the Commission's policy interpretations of the ADA, and has worked on every ADA policy guidance issued by the Commission. She also has worked on many of the Commission's ADA technical assistance documents, including drafting fact sheets on telework as a reasonable accommodation and the ADA's application to job seekers. Ms. Rennert was the key drafter of the EEOC's guidance on reasonable accommodation and offers particular expertise on this central requirement of the ADA. She also specializes in providing employers with practical approaches to ADA compliance. Ms. Rennert regularly consults with EEOC investigators and attorneys on ADA charges and litigation. In addition, she works with EEOC federal sector staff and Administrative Judges on Rehabilitation Act complaints. Ms. Rennert has written and delivered several ADA training programs for EEOC staff, in addition to conducting numerous seminars and workshops for attorneys, human resources professionals, risk management personnel, and persons with disabilities.

From 1988 to 1991, Ms. Rennert served as Associate Staff Director of the American Bar Association's Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law. She directed projects on HIV- related legal issues, developing a model HIV/AIDS confidentiality policy for service providers. Before joining the ABA, Ms. Rennert was Assistant Director of Government Liaison for the Epilepsy Foundation of America, concentrating on disability rights issues.

Ms. Rennert received her law degree, with honors, from New York University School of Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif. She also received an award for outstanding student law review article for "All Aboard: Accessible Public Transportation for Disabled Persons." Ms. Rennert received her B.A. degree, with highest honors, from the University of California/Berkeley.

Program Format:
This special session will be conducted in two different formats: Audio Conference and Webinar Platform
Option 1: Teleconference via a toll free telephone number. Individuals will be able to listen to the presentation via telephone and engage in Q&A with the presenter. A limited number of toll free telephone lines are available. If the registration for this option exceeds available lines then individuals will be notified that they can still participate via option 2 (webinar platform). The toll free telephone number will be sent to you prior to the session.
Option 2: Webinar Platform. Audio and visuals (PowerPoint presentation) will be available via ElluminateLive! Webinar platform. Individuals will be able to listen to the audio and submit questions to the presenter via the text chat area. Real time captioning will also be provided via the webinar platform. Access to this option will require a high speed internet connection and speakers. If you have not used ElluminateLive! before you will want to make sure that your system is configured to allow you to access it. You can go to www.elluminate.com and choose the "First Time Users" option on the left hand side of the page. From there you can check your system configuration and update any software that may be needed to run ElluminateLive!. Instructions for accessing the on-line webinar platform will be sent to you prior to the session.
Accessibility:
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Submitting Questions for the Speaker in advance:
Due to the high volume of participants anticipated for this session we know that everyone will not be able to get their questions addressed during the session. Thus, we are providing an opportunity for individuals to submit questions for consideration by the Speaker in advance. The speaker will use the questions submitted in advance to structure their presentation and ensure that the issues of most importance to the audience are included.
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