COVID-19 & the Workplace: Applying the FFCRA, ADA and EEO Rules

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 92 minutes
Recorded Date: August 12, 2020
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  • The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
  • Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA)
  • Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA)
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Conclusion
Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes
Recorded: August 12, 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic has and continues to have a great impact on the workplace. This seminar will examine how the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) provisions apply to workers affected by the pandemic as companies begin to prepare for return to work. Experts from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will discuss requirements and coverage under the FFCRA and the ADA, reasonable accommodations and direct threat under the ADA, and qualifying reasons and exclusions under the FFCRA. Using several scenarios that encompass challenging situations, panelists will explain how EEO rules apply to current hot topics and critical questions facing workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This program was recorded on August 12th, 2020.

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American Bar Association


Stephanie Hollaway

Acting Senior Advisor
U.S. Department of Labor

Almost 15 years of experience at the U.S. Department of Labor. I have comprehensive knowledge of a variety of Wage and Hour laws as well as subject matter expertise in the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Davis Bacon Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Executive Order 13658. I also have extensive knowledge of the Wage and Hour investigatory and regulatory processes.

Aaron Konopasky

Senior Attorney-Advisor
EEOC - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Aaron Konopasky is a Senior Attorney & Advisor Specializing in Disability Rights Law & Policy at the EEOC. He received his JD, with distinction from Stanford Law School in 2009.

Adian Miller

Barrett & Farahany

Adian Miller is an associate at Barrett & Farahany where her practice is focused on fighting for employees who have been denied their hard-earned wages or had their rights violated under federal law. She represents employees who have been wronged under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). She joined the firm in 2020 and works tirelessly to represent her clients' interests and ensure that they are always fully informed. No matter the case, Adian is never afraid to fight the good fight.

Adian strongly believes in the dignity of labor and believes the workplace should be safe and free of fear, intimidation, threats, or discrimination. Adian has a broad range of prior legal experience, having worked for the U.S. government, various labor unions, nonprofits, a small plaintiffs' firm, and a large defense firm.

As a law student in Washington, D.C., Adian clerked for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the AFL-CIO, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). She also gained experience in lobbying and legislative analysis. Her experience in the development of the law helps inform her practice.

Adian earned her law degree from American University Washington College of Law and has degrees from American University School of International Service and Rollins College.

Adian also gives back to the community. She is involved with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation where she volunteers with the domestic violence clinic and the tenants' rights clinic. Her volunteer work has included training re-entry populations and low-income workers regarding wage and hour laws, securing executive clemency for deserving clients, and representing domestic violence victims in acquiring protective orders.

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