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June Webinar: Work Comp, FMLA and ADA
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When: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
Where: Online - once registered you will receive a WebEx invite within a week of the webinar date
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June Webinar: Work Comp, FMLA and ADA: The Bermuda Triangle Working within the Vortex

The words “workers’ compensation” are enough to make many employers want to run the other way, even worse adding FMLA and ADA to the mix to create a perfect storm.  Any one of these topics can be challenging for an HR Professional, but all three can make if feel like you’re lost in a vortex. 

During this session, Karen Charlson and Patti Provencher will provide an overview and different legal case examples where Work Comp, FMLA and ADA can all intersect and the associated risks and watch outs for HR professionals.  


In this webinar, participants will:


  • The participant will have a general understanding of how Worker’s Compensation, FMLA and ADA can intersect.
  • Understand key legal watch outs for within the US
  • Understand how to address employee requests for time away from work due to work related injuries     



Karen Charlson, Shareholder at Littler Mendelson

Karen Charlson's practice focuses on litigation with specialization in the areas of:

  • Workers’ compensation defense, including conducting depositions, appearing at administrative conferences and trials, and  defense
  • Wrongful discharge and retaliation defense
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)  compliance and litigation

Karen’s workers’ compensation defense work is primarily with self-insured and high-deductible employers, defending against claims in an administrative setting and retaliation claims in district court; however, she regularly counsels employers on non-litigated workers’ compensation issues including workplace safety, risk management, return-to-work programs and the interplay of workers’ compensation with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Family and Medical Leave Act.

She also assists clients with Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance issues, challenging citations and defending against formal Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) actions. She has represented clients in workers’ compensation and OSH matters in the following industries: healthcare, non-profit social services, retail, public sector, construction, manufacturing, paper and trucking.

Karen has experience in jury trials, bench trials, administrative hearings, and has appeared before the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals, the National Labor Relations Board, Department of Labor and Industry and Occupational Safety & Health Review Board. She also presents and trains employers, insurers/administrators and other lawyers on topics within her expertise.



Patti Provencher, Associate at Littler Mendelson

Patricia K. Provencher advises and represents employers in a broad range of employment matters, with an emphasis on workers’ compensation defense in both Minneota and Wisconsin. Patti is involved in all aspects of workers’ compensation litigation, including conducting depositions, appearing at administrative conferences and trials, and drafting appellate briefs. 

Before joining Littler, Patti worked for a boutique law firm in Minneapolis concentrating in workers’ compensation defense. During law school, she was a law clerk in the employment and labor division of the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and was a judicial extern for the Hon. Richard H. Kyle of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Prior to pursuing her law degree, Patti worked in human resources at a Fortune 500 corporation headquartered in the Twin Cities.




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Non-Member $25.00
Member $0.00
Student Member $0.00

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