Burbank/Glendale - The Limits of Reasonable Accommodation
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Burbank/Glendale - The Limits of Reasonable Accommodation

When: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Where: Pickwick Gardens Conference Center
1001 W Riverside Dr
Burbank, California  91506
United States
Presenter: Jessica J. Mead & Robert R. Yap
Contact: Germaine Cresmer

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PIHRA Burbank/Glendale

The Limits of Reasonable Accommodation

presented by Jessica J. Mead & Robert R. Yap


Properly responding to sick or disabled employees is always a challenge. “The Limits of Reasonable Accommodation” will show what the law requires when an employee requests an accommodation or the employer becomes aware of the need for an accommodation. The presentation will address what the “interactive process” is, when it must take place, and what is and is not required by an employer. This will include going over different kinds of reasonable accommodations that could be appropriate, as well as requested accommodations that are not required on the grounds that they would pose an undue hardship to the employer. We will also discuss what it means for a requested accommodation to pose an undue hardship, what the undue hardship analysis entails, and the appropriate documentation.

We will also address the interplay between employment accommodation and workers compensation claims, and how to avoid traps from employees. We will go over various fact patterns of requests for accommodations presented to employers, and discuss the best steps the employer may take.

By the end of the presentation, the major takeaways will be:

  1. a roadmap of steps to take when an employee requests an accommodation;
  2. how to engage in the interactive process; and
  3. best practices to prevent a future lawsuit related to accommodation requests.


Program Agenda

11:30am - 12:00pm - Welcome/Registration/Networking
12:00pm - 1:30pm - Speaker Presentation 
Lunch will be served



Jessica J. Mead, Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP

Jessica J. Mead is a California trial attorney and practices in both state and federal court. Ms. Mead’s practice focuses on defending cases on behalf of professionals and on behalf of public and private employers. She has handled a wide variety of civil litigation matters including breach of contract, construction defect, wrongful death, serious personal injury, and employment retaliation, harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, and disability. In addition to litigation, Ms. Mead also provides contract and handbook review and negotiation strategies for her clients to avoid lawsuits before they start. Ms. Mead obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature from University of California, Santa Cruz in 2011. She received her Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and was admitted to practice in 2014.
  Robert R. Yap, Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP

Robert R. Yap is a trial attorney in South Pasadena. His practice focuses on business/commercial litigation, general liability defense, and labor and employment litigation. Mr. Yap has represented various parties in business disputes, business torts, breach of contract/fiduciary duty, and partnership disputes. He defends employers against wrongful termination, discrimination (age, disability, gender, national origin and race), harassment including sexual harassment, and retaliation claims. He defends public entities in various civil litigation matters including civil rights and Constitutional matters, employment, and bodily injury claims. Before joining CCMS, Mr. Yap was a litigator for an AM Law 200 firm. He has litigated multiple cases to trial and binding arbitration, and successfully argued before the California Court of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He was selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Civil Litigation Defense from 2015 – 2019.



This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.

Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.

This program has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute homepage at www.hrci.org.

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Registration Rates

Category Pre-Registration Onsite
PIHRA Member $39 $49
Guest/Nonmember $54 $60
PIHRA Member In-Transition $20 $20
PIHRA Student Member $20 $20

Online registration closes on Monday, February 24, 2020, at 8:00pm. Registrations after this date will only be taken onsite.


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