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Employing People with Disabilities

Presented by Chantal Woodyard, Rocky Mountain ADA Center

This webinar will provide valuable information that will help expand your pool of prospective employees and answer questions you may have about what you can and can't do under federal law when hiring people with disabilities.

Among the areas to be covered:

  • Recruitment of employees with disabilities: what you need to know about the application process, and suggestions on working with disability organizations to recruit employees
  • Common misconceptions regarding hiring and retaining employees with disabilities: get the facts on important issues such as what whether employees with disabilities can be required to meet the same job standards as employees who are not disabled
  • How to address employment-related barriers through reasonable accommodations: learn what you can and can't ask about accommodations, what steps you should take to accommodate an employee with a disability so they can perform their job, and how simple and inexpensive most accommodations actually are
  • Tax incentives: discover what types of tax credits are available for making reasonable accommodations

Chantal WoodyardChantal Woodyard - Chantal manages outreach and exhibit events for the Center. She also provides training and technical assistance on topics including mental health issues, employment, and access to government programs and services. Chantal has worked with the disability community since 1989 and spent many years working in residential services for people with developmental disabilities. She has spoken at national and regional conferences on the ADA. Prior to joining the Center staff in 2009, she was an IL Specialist for the Independent Living Center in Southern Colorado. She is also an experienced grant writer and case manager. Chantal has a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from the University of Phoenix.

The Use of Arrest and Conviction Records in Making Employment Decisions

Presented by Christopher Hoyme, Partner, Omaha, NE Office, Jackson Lewis LLP

In the last 20 months, there have been significant changes in the law governing the use of criminal background checks for hiring purposes.  It is crucial to make sure you are in compliance with these laws, or your business could face investigations by and penalties from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, (EEOC) as well as private class action litigation.

This webinar will bring you up to speed on this important issue, including:

  • Background check do's and don'ts:  You'll be alerted to the hot button issues on which the EEOC is currently focusing
  • Answers to key questions: Can you use criminal history, credit history, educational background or unemployment data to disqualify job applicants?
  • Use of arrest and conviction records: Learn how to use the new EEOC Guidance to help you establish policies and procedures regarding the use of arrest and conviction records in making employment decisions.
  • References: Find out what the Feds are saying about employment and character references for individuals with prior offenses.
  • 3 golden rules: The three steps you need to follow to make sure you are in compliance.

Christopher Hoyme - Mr. Hoyme represents management nationwide in all facets of employment litigation.  He has successfully defended employers across the country in over 40 federal and state courts, as well as before numerous federal and state administrative agencies across the country.

Mr. Hoyme looks for practical solutions for clients facing litigation.  He believes in a proactive, preventive approach to dealing with employment issues so that clients are placed in the best possible position to avoid lawsuits before they are filed.  However, once a client is faced with defending a lawsuit, Mr. Hoyme’s approach is to respond quickly and aggressively, making him a formidable opponent in the courtroom.

Mr. Hoyme has received an “AV” top rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, and is listed in the Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers.  He is also named as a Great Plains Super Lawyer and in Super Lawyers Business Edition.

Among his other affiliations, Mr. Hoyme is an executive board member of the Nebraska Labor and Employment Law Section, as well as a member of the ABA’s Labor and Employment Law Section, the Defense Research Institute, the Omaha Bar Association, the Nebraska Trucking Association, the American Transportation Lawyers Association, the Nebraska Association of Homes & Services for the Aging, and the South Dakota Trucking Association.  Mr. Hoyme is also employment counsel for the South Dakota Retailers Association, which has more than 4,000 members.  He also serves as employment counsel to Legal Aid of Nebraska.

Mr. Hoyme is admitted to practice law in the states of Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Mississippi.  He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the District of Nebraska, Indiana, Mississippi, and Colorado and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits.  He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Hoyme received his B.A., cum laude, in 1981, from St. Olaf College. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, in 1984 from the University of Mississippi.