The ADA, Addiction And Alcoholism: What An Employer Needs to Know

Webinar: ID# 1014362
Recorded CD
About This Course:
One of the most misunderstood and confounding problems impacting businesses today is managing drug and alcohol abuse within its workforce. The enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act made the problem even more difficult for employers to manage. Moreover, recent amendments to the ADA bring the ADA's protections to more people.

This webinar explains how the amendments impact management of those with addictions. How should an employer handle the situation when an employee comes forward with a drug or alcohol problem? What about when an employee appears to be intoxicated while at work? What protections are afforded an employee in such situations? How can an employer limit its exposure to employment claims from those in its workforce who are abusing drugs or alcohol?

This webinar is designed to educate legal and HR professionals in addressing those situations within the boundaries of the ADA, and it will also help you know when the ADA is in play and when it is not. Not only will this program cover the law, but it will also provide practical strategies for working within the law, both in the context of recommended policies and through case studies, to reduce an employer's exposure to ADA claims.


ADA Basics and Recent Changes
  • Definition of Disability
  • Reasonable Accommodation
Application of Protections to Abuse Problems
  • Drug Addiction and Alcoholism
  • Exclusion of Current Use
Reasonable Accommodation
  • Blaming Misconduct on Drug Use and Alcoholism
  • Reasonable Accommodation for Drug Addicts and Alcoholics
  • How to Approach an Employee Who May Have a Problem
  • Testing Issues
Defending Against Claims From Addicts and Alcoholics
  • Workplace Rules
  • Recommended Policies
  • Management Strategies
Case StudiesFACULTY

Charles J. Mataya Esq.
  • Partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
  • Has developed a focused practice of litigation and counseling in various areas of labor and employment law, including the defense of class, and collective individual actions in both state and federal courts
  • Acts as a lead counsel for prominent employers throughout the United States in the counsel and defense of employment and labor claims
  • Frequent lecturer on topics related to labor/management relations
  • Achieved the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation-Labor and Employment, 2013 and 2012 Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • Was named to the Lawdragon 3000, a list that represents less than one percent of the legal profession, and was included in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2009, and in 2007’s Nashville Business Journal’s Best of the Bar publication for employment and labor
  • J.D. degree, University of Alabama School of Law; B.A. degree, cum laude, University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB)
The ADA, Addiction And Alcoholism: What An Employer Needs to Know
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