Bundles of Joy, Bushels of Paperwork: Pregnancy and Postpartum Issues in the Workplace

View this free webinar on Pregnancy and Postpartum Issues in the Workplace. For employers, the anticipation and arrival of bundles of joy are accompanied by an array of legal considerations, from the requirements of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to those of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and state laws (currently there are approximately 10 states that require some form of pregnancy accommodation).

View this webinar on January 9, 2014, presented by Kathy Helms and Brian McDermott of Ogletree Deakins, a national labor and employment law firm representing management, where you will get a chance to test your knowledge of how to properly handle a range of issues involving expectant and new parents, including:

  • Accommodating pregnancy-related limitations (e.g., bathroom breaks, providing seating, etc.);
  • Handling leave requests;
  • Dealing with discipline and termination issues; and
  • Accommodating postpartum needs (e.g., lactation, post-partum depression, recovery issues, etc.).

There are also real world scenarios related to these issues and you will gain valuable insights that you can apply to your own workplace. This will include some recommended best practices regarding managing pregnant and new mom employees, such as training supervisors on their behaviors towards pregnant employees and how to document performance issues before disciplining or terminating pregnant employees.

Kathy Helms, Ogletree Deakins

Kathy Helms

Ms. Helms has extensive experience representing clients in employment matters as varied as the practice offers. She has represented companies and individuals in both the private and public sectors ranging from production line supervisors to company executives. Having represented clients in forums from mediation to the US Supreme Court allows Ms. Helms the perspective and knowledge to work closely with her clients to offer creative solutions to age old problems. Ms. Helms represents her clients not only in litigation but in active preventative maintenance, interaction, and intervention designed to create a workplace in which litigation is the exception, rather than the rule.

Ms. Helms is also a frequent speaker and provides training on a wide range of employment related issues including FMLA, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, Social Media, retaliation, discipline, and hiring and firing.

Brian McDermott, Ogletree Deakins

Brian McDermott

Brian McDermott is a shareholder at Ogletree Deakins. He has dedicated his legal career of 20+ years to representing public and private employers in individual and class/collective employment actions, including cases involving the FMLA, the ADA, Title VII, the ADEA, ERISA, the FLSA, the NLRA, covenant not to compete/trade secret maters, state wage laws, and wrongful discharge. He has represented employers in federal and state courts, labor arbitrations, and administrative agencies (including the EEOC and NLRB) throughout the country. Mr. McDermott also has represented employers before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits on multiple occasions.

Mr. McDermott devotes a substantial portion of his practice to litigation avoidance and counseling. For 2014, Best Lawyers selected Mr. McDermott as Indianapolis Labor and Employment Litigation "Lawyer of the Year."

View this webinar on January 9 to learn:

  • How to fully understand pregnancy-related limitations that may be "disabilities" under the ADA;
  • How to more effectively implement discipline and discharge issues, when appropriate;
  • How to anticipate postpartum issues which may require accommodation under federal law.


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