This annual program will review significant developments under the Americans with Disabilities Act, including recent case law, EEOC enforcement and regulatory activity, and trends in private litigation. The program will cover case law interpreting the scope of the ADA’s coverage, the use of technology as a form of reasonable accommodation, and leave as a form of reasonable accommodation. The program will also cover the extensive use by employers of wellness programs in the workplace and the EEOC’s recent proposed rule on these programs. The program will also cover trends the EEOC sees in complaints it receives from employees. This program will provide you with a practical guide to significant case law and regulatory under the ADA in the past year.
· Review of recent case law and regulatory developments
· Trends in private litigation and EEOC enforcement activity
· Review of the EEOC’s proposed rule on workplace wellness programs
· Recent decisions interpreting coverage of the ADA
· Use of tele-work and other technologies as a form of “reasonable accommodation”
· Developments related to essential workplace functions and qualification standards
· Leave as a form of reasonable accommodation and related compensation issues
Christopher Kuczynski is Assistant Legal Counsel and Director of the Americans With Disabilities Act Policy Division at the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C. He supervises the development of policy guidance interpreting Title I of the ADA and advises EEOC’s field offices, Office of General Counsel, and chair and commissioners on ADA investigations and litigation. Earlier in his career, he served as Associate Director for the White House Domestic Policy Council and as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. Mr. Kuczynski received his B.A. from Villanova University, his J.D. from Temple Law School, and his L.L.M. from the Yale Law School.
Leslie Abbott is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Paul Hastings, LLP, where she is co-vice chair of the firm’s global employment law group and co-chairs the firm’s nationwide wage and hour practice. Her practice includes the representation of employers in all aspects of employment law, with significant expertise in wage and hour law. She has defended a significant number of class action and single plaintiff wage and hour lawsuits for nationwide employers in the last three years. She is Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Ms. Abbott received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, a diploma from the London School of Economics, and her J.D. form Loyola Law School.