Attorney Susan Fentin to Reprise Presentation on “Depression and Other Mental Illness Under New ADA: Accommodation Practices For HR”

September 19, 2011
SPRINGFIELD/WORCESTER, MA and WATERBURY, CT – Due to its extremely important and timely subject matter, Attorney Susan Fentin, a partner at Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., has been asked to reprise her presentation on workplace depression. The live webinar, “Depression and Other Mental Illness Under New ADA: Accommodation Practices for HR,” was originally presented in August 2011 with Ronald Schouten M.D., J.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Law & Psychiatry Service, and founder of KeyPeople Resources, Inc.

This second opportunity to view the live webinar will be offered to employers and interested businesses on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. EST. In the webinar, Attorney Fentin will explore the world of workplace mental illness, anxiety, and depression along with Dr. Schouten, who will again bring a wealth of medical expertise to the webinar.

Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., is one of the largest law firms in New England that specializes in the practice of labor relations and employment law exclusively for management. The goal of the webinar is to educate viewers on how to reasonably accommodate employees dealing with mental health issues under new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. It will cover the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act’s (ADAAA) final regulations, which became effective on May 24, 2011. Under these new regulations, many more physical and mental impairments are considered disabilities, including those related to an employee’s mood and emotional state. Changes brought about by these regulations are opening the floodgates to new litigation, employee demands, and workplace conflict.

The webinar will help employers and other viewers learn their rights and obligations under the new ADA for accommodating employees with mental illnesses, and provide Webinar Learning Take-Aways addressing:

What to do if you suspect an employee is suffering from depression and/or another mental disability
How the new ADA regulations change the way you accommodate employees with mental disabilities
When you can discipline or terminate an employee with a mental disability without creating liability
What you’re required to do if an employee is determined to have a mental disability
What to do if an employee presents a direct threat to himself or others
When an employee meets the definition of disabled under mental impairment guidelines
The webinar will also offer viewers the opportunity to have their questions answered during the event.

Visit for more information or call Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. at (413) 737-4753.

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