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    VTHRA Session - ADA: What Employers Need to Know & Local Resources Available to You

    Date: February 19, 2020, 7:30am – 10:30am
    Vermont Human Resource Association
    Hampton Inn Conference Center
    42 Lower Mountain View Dr.
    Colchester, VT 05446
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    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has many complexities for employers to be compliant with the federally mandated law. There are many considerations when administering ADA such as, what to ask during interviews, how to deal with reasonable accommodation requests and how about when you have a blend of FMLA, Workers’ Compensation and other applicable laws?

    This course will cover:

    • Basic requirements & best practices
    • Who’s protected and who’s not?
    • What is a Reasonable Accommodation?
    • What exactly is “reasonable”?
    • Documentation requirements
    • Interaction with ADA and other applicable laws
    • Utilization of local resources; the VT Assistive Technology Program

    In addition to learning the ins and outs of the ADA, we will also learn about local resources available to you. The Vermont Assistive Technology Program (VATP) is Vermont’s Federal AT Act Program. The AT Act programs operate under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Community Living.

    The AT Act Programs help individuals of all ages find accessible solutions to overcome barriers at home, work, and in the community as related to disability and aging related needs. VATP is managed by the State Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) and partners with the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI) at the University of Vermont. CDCI operates three regional AT Tryout Centers and provides AT Services to Vermonters across the state where we provide information and hands-on experiences with Assistive Technology. Assistive Technology encompasses a broad range of solutions: from $2 Ikea extended shoehorns to iPad apps to complex computer input systems that utilize eye movement to type.

    We will have samples of technology and examples from the VTA available for you to tryout at this program!

    About our Speakers:

    Kristina R. Brines, Esq., PHR, SHRM-CP

    Kristina Brines is a Director at Paul Frank + Collins in the Employment + Labor Law Group.  Her employment practice focuses on a wide range of employment issues, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as workforce management, training, workplace investigations, and employment litigation.  Kris has been designated as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, New England, for each year since 2013.

    Philip Seiler, Vermont Assistive Technology Program Director

    Phillip Seiler is the current Director of VATP and has been with DAIL since 2014, having previously served in Information Technology. He has a BS in Business from UVM and an MBA from Champlain College and currently resides in Williston.


    $15.00 VTHRA Members
    $25.00 after 7:00 pm February 14

    $25.00 Non-Members
    $35.00 after 7:00 pm February 14


    VTHRA February 2020 Program: ADA & VT Assistive Technology