Say What?! Knowing How to Receive, Document and Respond to Accommodation, Light Duty and Leave of Absence Issues in Your Workplace

Friday 9:15 – 10:15 AM

Session Description

This presentation will walk attendees through several accommodation, light duty, and leave of absence scenarios so that they can be ready to address (and properly document) these real-life issues at work, including pregnancy, work-related injury, medical marijuana and service animal situations. Attendees will also be able to go back and train frontline supervisors to be “first responders” when these issues arise so that the situation is brought to the attention of the correct person(s) in the organization for proper handling. Gain the knowledge and tools needed to audit and update policies, forms and manager guidelines within your organization.


Andrew Metcalf JD

Andrew represents businesses and public organizations in all aspects of employment law, including both litigation and human resources counseling. He assists clients facing lawsuits and administrative charges alleging employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and violations of other workplace laws and regulations, including the FMLA and FLSA. He has guided clients through investigations by the EEOC, Missouri Commission on Human Rights, the Department of Labor, and OSHA. Having extensive experience with complex employment litigation, Andrew offers strategies to ensure clients are efficiently and thoroughly protected in workplace legal matters. As a chapter editor for a treatise on the FMLA, Andrew has extensive knowledge about employee leave of absence laws.

Andrew also helps businesses and human resources professionals minimize risk by offering practical strategies and legal counseling on workplace policies, including the preparation and review of employee handbooks and employment contracts. He regularly speaks to business groups about best practices and litigation avoidance, and he is a frequent author about developments under Missouri law.

Andrew is a Committee Chair for the Human Resources Management Association of Greater St. Louis, and has led several initiatives to help HR professionals network and launch their careers.