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    Legal Update - Disability, Pregnancy and Religious Accommodations in the Workplace

    Date: June 15, 2017, 11:15am
    Sonal A. Shah
    Elgin Country Club
    2575 Weld Rd.
    Elgin, IL 60124
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    Legal Update: Disability, Pregnancy and Religious Accommodations in the Workplace 

    Federal and state laws require us to make accommodations for employees with disabilities, for employees who are pregnant, and for employees’ religious beliefs and practices.  Yet, many remain confused on exactly what the law requires, including how to properly identify and handle accommodation requests.  In this revealing presentation by the Management Association’s Senior Employment Counsel, Sonal A. Shah, you’ll learn the essentials of the law, including who it applies to, what you can ask of your employees, what you’re required to do in terms of accommodation, and what you can say to the employee in question and others in the workplace.  Through real life case examples, you’ll discover how to properly handle accommodation requests to ensure legal compliance and avoid potential liability.

    About our Presenter:

    Sonal A. Shah

    Sonal Shah, JD, is senior employment counsel for the Management Association, a professional organization providing human resource solutions for member organizations for over 100 years. As part of her practice, Sonal has represented employers against wrongful discharge and discrimination claims in front of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights and in state and federal court. Sonal also has significant experience counseling employers on properly complying with the law and managing their workforce; preparing employment and severance agreements; drafting/revising disciplinary and termination notices; and crafting employment policies and handbooks. In addition, she provides employment law compliance training for managers, supervisors and HR professionals. Sonal also contributes to the Association's monthly newsletter and website with information on the latest legal developments.

    Sonal came to the Management Association from a large Chicago law firm where she represented public and private employers, from the smallest private companies to corporations exceeding 10,000 employees, on a broad range of labor and employment law matters arising under federal and state law.

    Sonal has a B.S. in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.