ADA & FMLA Compliance Manual

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NELI hosts the nation’s most comprehensive update of legal developments and practical advice on questions regarding ADA and FMLA compliance, a program unique to NELI.

This publication was updated for the April 2024 ADA & FMLA Compliance Update and is available in a searchable PDF format.


The chapter headings below reflect the agenda of this important annual program. We are grateful to our distinguished panel of faculty members for their contributions to the newly revised course manual.

Chapter Headings:

  • Update on the Definition of “Disability”
  • Developments on Whether an Individual is “Qualified”
  • Practical “Reasonable Accommodation” Issues
  • Direct Threat Issues
  • Understanding Conduct Rules
  • EEOC Documents: Selected Recent Cases – and more
  • Requesting Medical Information Under the ADA
  • Update on Complex FMLA Issues

This Manual is available for download in April.

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  • David Fram


    David is NELI's Director of ADA Services. In this position, David conducts in-house and virtual ADA training for employers (including manufacturers, federal, state and local governments, and universities), law firms, and bar associations, among others. He also provides expert witness services during administrative proceedings and litigation.

  • Ellen McLaughlin


    Ellen is engaged in a broad-based employment law practice, with particular emphasis on federal and state court and administrative agency employment litigation. Ellen also has an extensive advice and counseling practice that focuses on avoiding litigation. She regularly consults with employers to implement nationwide practices and systems which are both legally compliant and which meet an employer’s business needs. She also acts as a company’s trusted advisor with respect to not only day-to-day employment issues, but also sensitive and high profile termination or other "bet the company" decisions and programs. Ellen is frequently retained to conduct investigations for clients relating to internal claims of discrimination, harassment, and other unlawful conduct brought by employees. In her investigations practice, she is often retained to investigate allegations involving C-suite executives, human resources, or legal department personnel as well as other highly confidential, sensitive, or politically charged matters.

  • Jeff Nowak


    Jeff has decades of experience advising and litigating on behalf of employers on a wide range of complex employment law matters so they can run the most profitable business and efficient operations without being side-tracked by discrimination claims, strikes or other workplace issues. Jeff is a recognized leader on FMLA and ADA issues, helping employers develop comprehensive strategies to achieve compliance with employee leave and accommodation issues. Jeff is lauded by clients for his ability to bring a practical approach and unflappable demeanor to the most sensitive and difficult situations, always with an eye on the client’s business and operational objectives. Given his experience in leave management and workplace accommodations, Jeff regularly counsels some of the country’s largest and diverse employers on these critical employment issues.

  • Sharon Rennert

    U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

    Sharon Rennert is the senior member of the EEOC’s ADA/GINA Division, having joined the Division in January 1992. Ms. Rennert develops the Commission’s policy interpretations of the ADA and has played a key role in the drafting of many of the EEOC’s most significant publications. She took a leading role in developing the Commission’s technical assistance materials on COVID-19. Ms. Rennert wrote the EEOC’s guidance on reasonable accommodation and offers expertise on this central requirement of the ADA. In addition, she drafted the Commission’s publication on ADA issues involving employee performance and conduct. She specializes in providing private and public sector employers with practical approaches to ADA compliance. Her expertise also includes helping individuals with disabilities understand their rights and obligations.