Defending and Pursuing Mental Health Claims Under FMLA and ADA
1 hour 30 minutes
Learn to effectively handle claims made under FMLA and ADA.
FMLA and ADA claims can be especially problematic when the claims are focused on mental illness. The FMLA is a federal law that allows qualifying employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave because of a serious health condition. The ADA is a federal law that provides protections to employees with disabilities by directing employers to provide reasonable accommodations in certain circumstances. This topic will address these issues by providing an overview of the flawed nature of diagnostic standards for mental illness, and the obstacles to credibility that are consequently created for FMLA and ADA claims; by providing an introduction to the standard method for disability evaluation, and the obstacles that the method creates for ADA claims of mental illness; by explaining how the FMLA and ADA operate and how employers should handle mental health claims so as to ensure compliance with these laws; and by providing real-world examples of how employers have correctly, and incorrectly, handled mental health claims under these laws. From this information, you will gain valuable insight into how to handle such claims, and defend against relevant lawsuits.