The environment for leave management has become increasingly complex. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) require employers to provide leave under many different circumstances, and, absent undue hardship, to return employees to work with or without reasonable accommodations. Employers must keep up with evolving court interpretations of leave and return-to-work obligations, and also make sure that corporate policies and day-to-day application of these obligations are consistent.
Please join our panel of experts as we discuss strategies that will help ensure that your organization is appropriately managing the leave and return-to-work processes.
Pat Maher - As Director of Civic Engagement for SPR Consulting, Pat Maher continues a personal and company initiative that fosters and develops key civic partnerships. Pat leads SPR efforts to support the technical and professional growth of people with disabilities, veterans, new grads and other displaced populations historically overlooked and undervalued.
David Rowland - Chicago Office Managing Partner for Seyfarth & Shaw LLP. Mr. Rowland also litigates labor and employment disputes in federal and state courts and in administrative agencies across the country. He has successfully argued numerous labor and employment cases in federal and state courts of appeals.
Mr. Rowland specializes in handling complex discrimination and executive-level employment cases, including cases involving former in-house counsel, as well as whistleblower claims arising under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Many of Mr. Rowland's cases arise out of employment agreements and he has successfully tried high-stakes cases in arbitrations for Fortune 100 clients. He also has significant experience in handling matters brought directly by the EEOC.
Thomas Sondergeld CHRP- Tom is currently the Vice President of Global HRIS, Benefits & Mobility for Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA). Tom has directed employee benefits for over 20 years. He led a successful implementations of wellness programs and on site Health Centers/Services at several large employers. His role at Aon Corporation also included the first successful roll out of a Corporate Private Exchange to company employees and the opening of four (4) on-site health clinics. In his current role at WBA, he is responsible for the overall HRIS Technology, healthcare & global mobility strategy for the over 357,000 global team members. Tom has spoken at many local and national events on topics ranging from HR Software solutions, Human Resources process improvement, benefit outsourcing, benefit plan design, wellness integration, and on-site health centers in the workplace.
Tom holds a Bachelor in Psychology and a Masters in Healthcare Administration. He is an active member of many HR groups with SHRM, HRMAC and SHRP. He is also the incoming chair for the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) Board of Directors. Tom is a Certified Healthcare Reform Professional (CHRP).
Stefanie Schroeder - Stefanie has been with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for three years. She currently sees outpatients at three different sites including Streeterville, Wheeling, and Northbrook. In her role at RIC's day rehab program, Stefanie helps clients navigate their way through the short term and long term disability process.
Stefanie is a certified rehabilitation counselor. She received her Masters of Science degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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