An Employer's Guide to FMLA and ADA


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This guide walks you through the many complicated procedures associated with keeping your business in compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

“The Family Medical Leave Act has more exceptions than a Groupon”  - Seth Meyers

Do you know how to figure out if an employee has a legitimate “Record of Impairment?”

Are your job descriptions accurate when it comes to the “essential functions” of the job, and what that means for you?

How about your liability when it comes to managing a leave of absence for a new parent?

Well My Friend…

You had better get it right!I don’t need to tell youthat the FMLA and the ADA are two of trickiest docs to interpret. - Non-compliance carries harsh legal penalties, and there are thousands of costly cases being argued in court this very day…

( No wonder Seth Meyer’s compared it to Groupon … if there weren’t a joke in there somewhere, we’d all go mad, right? )

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~ Can you even put a value on that last one? J

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An Employer's Guide to FMLA and ADA was created in collaboration with Ford & Harrison LLP, and authored by Nancy Van der Veer Holt.

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American Chamber of Commerce Resources

For more than 25 years, ACCR has worked with State Chambers of Commerce and Associations of Business and Industry across the country. Our goal is to provide employers and HR professionals with the resources they need to stay in compliance with the rapidly changing world of employment laws and regulations. Our manuals tell you:

  • what to do
  • how to do it
  • and a little bit of why.

No legalese, no endless strings of case citations…our guidebooks simply get you the answers you need, so that you can get back to business.

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An Employer’s Guide to FMLA and ADA

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Snapshot - An HR audit

Chapter 01: Introduction to the Family and Medical Leave Act

Chapter 02: Key definitions

Chapter 03: Employer coverage and employee eligibility

Chapter 04: Reasons for leave

Chapter 05: Serious health conditions

Chapter 06: Military leave

Chapter 07: Length of leave

Chapter 08: Notice and documentation - Employee obligations and employer challenges

Chapter 09: Certifications necessary for leave

Chapter 10: Employer notice and documentation requirements

Chapter 11: Employee rights

Chapter 12: Enforcement of the Family and Medical Leave Act

Chapter 13: Amendments and proposals

Chapter 14: Introduction to the Americans with Disabilities Act

Chapter 15: The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act

Chapter 16: Employers covered

Chapter 17: "Disability" in detail

Chapter 18: Reasonable accommodations

Chapter 19: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act

Chapter 20: How the Americans with Disabilities Act impacts your business

Chapter 21: Enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Appendix A: Leave and other state laws

Forms and Policies

WH-380-E Certification of Health Care Provider for Employee's Serious Health Condition

WH-380-F Certification of Health Care Provider for Family Member's Serious Health Condition

WH-384 Certification of Qualifying Exigency

WH-385 Certification for Serious Injury or Illness of a Current Servicemember

The Family and Medical Leave Act Poster (English)

The Family and Medical Leave Act Poster (Spanish)

WH-381 Notice of Eligibility & Rights and Responsibilities

WH-382 Designation Notice