Camille Olson will be presenting at the Society for Human Resource Management's 2009 Employment Law & Legislative Conference. On March 9, Ms. Olson will present "The New ADA Law: What You Need to Know," discussing the ADA Amendment Act and how to keep your company in compliance as a result of this new legislation. The discussion will conclude with specific steps you need to take to prepare and protect yourself from the anticipated flurry of applications and litigation. Topics include:
- How is disabled defined?
- Can an impairment that is episodic or in remission qualify as a disability?
- Can you be classified as disabled if you use “mitigating measures” such as medication, artificial limbs and hearing aids?
- Are employees with epilepsy, diabetes and cancer protected under the new law?
- Does the law redefine “substantially limit”?
On March 10, Ms. Olson will present "A New Civil Rights Law for the 21st Century: Genetic Nondiscrimination." President Bush signed into law the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) on May 21, 2008. This new statute has major implications on how organizations handle health records, request medical information, and communicate with their employees. This interactive session will discuss how GINA will affect organizations and health benefits plans.
SHRM presents the SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference, March 9-11, 2009 at the Capital Hilton in downtown Washington, D.C. Officials from the new Administration, Congress and regulatory agencies will be featured speakers at the Conference, available to answer questions about both the policy and enforcement changes likely to affect your organization. Highly regarded sessions such as Washington Outlook: New Congress, New Administration and New HR Public Policy Issues will give the necessary information to anticipate HR-related changes coming in a new Administration.