Q4 - THE DOCKET

Posted On January 10, 2022  

by Marti Cardi, Esq. - Vice President, Product Compliance

& Lana L. Rupprecht, Esq. - Director, Product Compliance

& Armando Rodriguez, Esq - Product Compliance Counsel, Compliance And Legal Department

January 10, 2022

 

Happy New Year!  But before we close the books on 2021, let’s take a last look at the fourth quarter of 2021, its legislative activities and go over what it means to you.  Compliance updates in the coming year show no sign of slowing down, but keep up with our webinar series, The Docket:

The fourth quarter review of All Things Absence!  Matrix Absence Management Vice President Marti Cardi, Esq. together with her team Lana Rupprecht, Esq, and Armando Rodriguez will cover:

  • Pending and recently passed state and federal legislation
  • State and federal Paid Family and Medical Leave updates
  • New Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidance, lawsuits/settlements and more concerning ADA
  • New Department of Labor guidance, lawsuits/settlements and more regarding FMLA
  • Court opinions on ADA, FMLA and other laws
  • COVID-19 updates
  • And more!

Click here to sign up for The Docket Q4 webinar on January 11, 2022 at 2:00 PM ET.

ADA PRACTICES & PITFALLS – A TIMELY WEBINAR!

Posted On June 15, 2020  

by Marti Cardi, Esq. - Vice President, Product Compliance

June 15, 2020

 

You know, some people vacation in the summer. Some work on their tans. Here at Matrix Radar, we like to dive in the deep end…of leave related compliance!

Don’t judge us, you know you’re interested. Which brings us to our point:

JOIN US for the first of a two part overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act: ADA Practices & Pitfalls in Today’s Workplace – Do You Know What to Do Next?

In Part 1, we will explore using industry ADA benchmark data to manage resources and expectations. Learn about bringing employees back to work after COVID closures; how to identify a suitable accommodation without setting a precedent; and that Accommodation of Last Resort.  And, get comfortable with what medical info you can (and cannot) ask for to support an accommodation:  When?  How?  How often?  What if it’s not enough?

This is a free informational webinar, starring yours truly along with Senior Director, Employment Law & Compliance, Gail Cohen; and moderated by National Absence Practice Leader, Tim Suchecki.

Click here to register for this event and submit questions in advance. Feel free to forward to others in your organization who might be interested. (Note: Once you see a window with your name, you have been successfully registered and can close the window. An email will be sent before the event as confirmation and reminder.)

Oh, and hey: If you missed our May 28th webinar on Paid Family and Medical Leave – To Massachusetts and Beyond! well, first of all, shame on you! But you can still Click to view a recording. Because we’re nice! 

See you Thursday.

TENDING TO THE MASS-ES – AND OTHERS!

Posted On May 26, 2020  

by Marti Cardi, Esq. - Vice President, Product Compliance

May 26, 2020

 

It’s been a long, cold Spring, what with COVID-19, quarantines and a plethora of related legislation to unpack. If there’s anything to help remind us that time – and regular, good old leave legislation – marches on, it’s the steady approach of Massachusetts PFML, with benefits starting in January, 2021. Webnair Invite

Join my colleague Gail Cohen and me for our next market webinar: Paid Family and Medical Leave – To Massachusetts, and Beyond! We’ve weathered the storms of New York and Washington State. Massachusetts is still a shifting landscape as the state continues to release new regulations and information just a few months out.

Our last few webinars attracted more than a thousand friends and colleagues each – we hope you’ll be one of the faithful for this important splash of non-COVID-related reality!

This Thursday, May 28, 2 PM Eastern. Click here to register for this event and submit questions in advance!

 

MATRIX AND EEOC TO PRESENT AT DMEC ADA WEBINAR: THE EEOC WEIGHS IN ON WHAT EMPLOYERS STILL GET WRONG ABOUT THE ADA

Posted On November 09, 2018  

by Gail Cohen, Esq. - Assistant General Counsel, Employment and Litigation

November 09, 2018

 

I am pleased to announce that Matrix will be presenting at an upcoming DMEC webinar on December 6, 2018.  Our co-presenter will be Chris Kuczynski, Assistant Legal Counsel and Director of the ADA/GINA Policy Division of the EEOC.  The webinar, “The EEOC Weighs in on What Employers Still Get Wrong About the ADA,” will provide EEOC guidance and practical advice on the following tricky ADA issues often confronting employers:

 

 

  • Telework as a reasonable accommodation: What should an employer do when an employee asks for
    telework for reasons related to a disability?  Can the job be done from home?  What if the employee
    has performance problems?
  • Qualification Standards v. Essential Functions: What is a qualification standard, how does it differ from
    essential functions, and why does it matter?
  • Managing leaves of absence under the ADA: Inflexible leave policies may violate the ADA and an indefinite
    leave of absence is not a reasonable accommodation, but what can an employer do in the vast majority of
    leaves that fall in between?  How do you assess a leave request for reasonableness?  How do you manage
    multiple requests for extensions? What medical inquiries can you make?
  • Reinstatement and reassignment following leave: When, why, and for how long do you have to hold the
    employee’s specific job open? What are your obligations for reassignment?  When can you call it quits?

DMEC member groups may register for the webinar here: December 6th Webinar. Non-members may register for a $29.95 fee. Contact your Reliance Standard/Matrix account manager for information/assistance!

Matrix can help!

Matrix’s ADA Advantage accommodations management system and our dedicated ADA team help employers maneuver through the accommodation process.  We will initiate an ADA claim for your employee, conduct the medical intake and analysis if needed, assist in identifying reasonable accommodations, document the process, and more.  Contact Matrix at ping@matrixcos.com to learn more about these services.