Webinar - The Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA): Understanding the Law and the Role of the Occupational and Environmental Health Nurse
Course Type: Webinar
Contact Hours: 1.0
May 28, 2014
12:00-1:00 PM ET
11:00-12:00 PM CT
Co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering
The American’s With Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) enacted in 2009 greatly expanded the definition of a disability, thereby providing more employees protection under the Act. The occupational and environmental health nurse (OHN) can play an important role by helping employers identify individuals who may require accommodation, obtaining health information from the person’s healthcare provider as needed, protecting confidentiality of health information, recommending possible accommodations, assisting management regarding policy and procedures, and training supervisors. The webinar will cover the major modifications in the law, focusing on the changes in the definition of “disability” and understanding what reasonable accommodation means, and, most importantly, identifying how the OHN can assist their organizations’ maintain ADAAA compliance.
Presenter Information: Pat Strasser, PhD, RN, COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN is the owner of Partners in Business Health Solutions, Inc, an occupational health consulting company and is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the University of Michigan OHN Master’s program. She has over 25 years of experience in occupational health nursing, including direct care, corporate manager, independent consultant, and educator. She has helped many companies develop policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and consults with individual nurses regarding aspects of ADA and ADAAA. She has lectured extensively on ADA, FMLA, HIPAA, and OHSA regulations, and is the co-author of the “Legal and Ethical Issues” Chapter in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th editions of the AAOHN Core Curriculum. Pat resides in the Toledo, Ohio area.