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New Pregnancy Disability Leave and Disability Discrimination Regulations Webinar

Special guest presenter Ann M. Noel, Executive and Legal Secretary (ELAS) with the Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC), and CalChamber's employment law experts guide you through new California pregnancy disability leave (PDL) and disability discrimination regulations and their impact on employers.

Recorded live: 12/18/13

PDL regulations were amended in 2012, and included significant changes such as:
  • A change to the definition of “four months”
  • An expanded definition of when a woman is “disabled by pregnancy”
  • Clarification of an employer’s responsibilities regarding reasonable accommodation or transfer of employees affected by pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions 
  • An expansion of protections to include that it is unlawful to discriminate against or harass an applicant or employee based on “perceived pregnancy”
  • Necessary changes to Notices “A” and “B,” which provide information for employees about their rights and responsibilities under pregnancy disability leave (Notice “A”) and the California Family Rights Act (Notice “B”)

Disability discrimination regulations were also amended and those changes included:

  • Expanded definitions of "mental" and "physical" disability.
  • Clarification of what evidence might be used to show that a particular function is "essential" to a job.
  • A description of the interactive process and obligations of the employer, and the applicant or employee.

The amended pregnancy disability and disability discrimination regulations were effective December 30, 2012.

This course is approved for 1.5 credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

This course is also approved for 1.5 MCLE credit hours.

  • Presented by two top CalChamber legal counsel with employment law expertise
  • Option to submit questions during the live event
  • Live webinar attendees receive downloadable webinar slides
  • On demand attendees receive downloadable webinar slides and a recording of the live event
  • Customers purchasing the kit (both the live and on demand webinars) receive downloadable webinar slides and a recording of the live event. Attendees can submit questions during the live event.

Technical Requirements:

For PC-based attendees:

  • Internet Explorer® 6.0 or newer, Mozilla® Firefox® 2.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
  • Windows® 2000, XP, 2003 Server or Vista
  • Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
  • Minimum of Pentium® class 1GHz CPU with 512 MB of RAM (recommended) (2 GB of RAM for Windows® Vista)

For Mac-based attendees:

  • Safari™ 3.0 or newer, Firefox® 2.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
  • Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer
  • PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel processor (512 MB of RAM or better recommended)
  • Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection

Attendees wishing to connect to audio using VoIP will need a fast Internet connection, a microphone and speakers (a USB headset is recommended). On demand registrants must have Windows® Media Player to view the recorded version of the webinar.

    Special Guest Presenter - Ann M. Noel is Executive and Legal Affairs Secretary (ELAS) with the Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC), California’s adjudicatory civil rights agency, which hears complaints involving discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations; pregnancy disability leave; family and medical leave; and hate violence. As ELAS, Ms. Noel is the executive officer and principal legal advisor for the FEHC, and its chief administrative law judge. Ms. Noel has drafted revisions to the FEHC’s disability and pregnancy regulations, which will go into effect in January 2013. Previously, she drafted sexual harassment training regulations for managers and supervisors interpreting A.B. 1825. Ms. Noel is co-writing and co-editing an upcoming The Rutter Group practice guide on fair housing and public accommodation, co-sponsored by the FEHC, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the State Bar’s Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Subsection. Ms. Noel has taught employment discrimination law at New College School of Law in San Francisco. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (1974) and of the University of California at Davis School of Law (1977).

    Susan Kemp, Senior Employment Law Counsel and Helpline Manager for the California Chamber of Commerce, has written and edited several CalChamber publications on topics such as employee handbooks, sexual harassment investigations, family and medical leave and exempt/nonexempt employees. J.D. South Texas College of Law

    Erika Frank, Vice President, Legal Affairs, and General Counsel for the California Chamber of Commerce, was named vice president of legal affairs in 2009. She joined the CalChamber in April 2004 as a policy advocate and began serving as general counsel shortly thereafter, leveraging her 10 years of combined legal, governmental and legislative experience. As CalChamber’s subject matter expert on California and federal employment law, she oversees and contributes to CalChamber’s labor law and human resources compliance publications; co-produces and presents webinars and seminars; and heads the Labor Law Helpline. J.D. McGeorge School of Law

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