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Issues in Higher Education | Remote Work as an ADA Accommodation: Balancing the Interests in a Return-to-Campus World

September 29, 2022
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT

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Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Working from home was thrust upon most employees and employers alike at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. For many jobs, this proved surprisingly feasible, at least in the short-term. Before the pandemic shutdown, there had been a strong orientation toward in-person work and remote work as an ADA accommodation was often denied, but the shutdown called into question many of the assumptions underlying these denials.

Still, the fact remains that remote work is not necessarily reasonable or feasible for certain campus positions, particularly with the move back to in-person learning. On the other hand, institutional commitment to diversity, including the employment of individuals with disabilities, remains strong. And, of course, legal compliance remains imperative. How do we balance the various interests in evaluating remote work accommodation requests, and has anything changed?

This webinar will provide a brief overview of the history and relevant provisions of the ADA regarding remote work and legal developments since March 2020. We will also discuss practical considerations and best practices for institutions evaluating remote work accommodation requests.

Ellen Babbitt, Senior Counsel
Claire Hawley, Attorney

Who Should Attend
General counsel and higher education industry leaders, board members, senior administrators, deans, department chairs and faculty.

Continuing Education Credit
This program is pending approval for Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin continuing legal education credit, as well as HR Certification Institute and Society for Human Resources Management recertification credit.

Husch Blackwell does not seek accreditation of recorded webinars, however, many states grant self-study CLE credits for listening to recorded events, including but not limited to AZ, CA, MO, TX and WI. In the event that you missed the live webinar, please refer to your state’s specific CLE rules for more detailed information on what qualifies for self-study credits.

Questions? Contact Andrea` Reid at 314.345.6656.


Ellen M. Babbitt

Senior Counsel

Claire Hawley