WORKSHOP: A Deep Dive into the FMLA and ADA
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WORKSHOP: A Deep Dive into the FMLA and ADA

When: Monday, March 25, 2019
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Where: Cobb Galleria Centre
2 Galleria Parkway SE
Atlanta, Georgia  30339
United States
Contact: SHRM-Atlanta

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SOAHR Pre-Conference Workshop: A Deep Dive into the FMLA and ADA

Advance Registration DeadlineFebruary 4, 2019



In this tutorial, Tamika Nordstrom and Scott Blews will address best practices for handling leaves of absence, return to work issues, accommodations for work restrictions, the interactive process, the interplay between these statutes, and other thorny issues under the ADA and FMLA.

The program will include an emphasis on reducing the risks of lawsuits for discrimination and retaliation. Focusing on the key requirements of each law, this presentation will enable you to better understand strategies for complying with an employer’s legal obligations while curbing abuse. Having litigated employment cases and counseled businesses for decades, Tamika and Scott will approach these topics from legal and practical perspectives, assisting you to weigh legal risk against critical business needs and goals of your organization.

This program is geared toward experienced human resources professionals and in-house legal counsel providing advice with respect to human resources matters. In this session you will:

  • Gain practical insights with respect to navigating the legal minefields created by the ADA and FMLA
  • Review leaves of absence, return to work issues, accommodations for work restrictions, the interactive process, the interplay between these statutes, and other thorny issues that often arise

Continuing Education Credit

This program is approved for 3 hours of SHRM PDC/HRCI CEU credit.



Tamika Nordstrom 

Partner, Taylor English Duma LLP

Tamika R. Nordstrom is a partner of Taylor English’s Employment and Labor Relations Practice Group. Ms. Nordstrom’s practice encompasses a range of employment litigation and arbitration. Her employment and litigation practice has included matters involving discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims pursuant to title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) as well as state-specific employment law claims.

Ms. Nordstrom serves as a trusted advisor and counselor to corporate clients across the United States regarding all aspects of employment litigation, arbitration and counseling. She represents clients on matters related to negotiating settlement and severance agreements, assisting corporations in all areas of employment practices, including hiring, wage and hour issues, termination and investigation of employment disputes. Additionally, Ms. Nordstrom assists clients in drafting and seeking enforcement of non-competition and trade secret agreements.Ms. Nordstrom has practiced in multiple federal and state trial and appellate courts and has frequently tried bench and jury trials.



Scott Blews 

Partner, Taylor English Duma LLP

Scott Blews partners with his clients to meet the full range of their employment and labor law needs, from counseling and advice through litigation and trial. On the counseling front, as a former in-house counsel, Mr. Blews has honed his approach of efficiently providing clients with concrete recommendations that balance the legal and business landscape, rather than rambling research memoranda that shy away from taking a position on what should be done. Moreover, when litigation ensues, Mr. Blews provides first-rate, cost-effective legal work.

Mr. Blews possesses the trial experience to take a case to a jury verdict, as well as the judgment and foresight to help clients evaluate when it may make sense to resolve a claim. He has represented employers successfully in a wide variety of employment, labor and other litigation matters in state and federal courts and administrative agencies throughout the country, from Miami to Anchorage, and numerous places in between. These cases have included discrimination, retaliation and harassment claims under state and federal employment laws, such as Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations (OSHA) and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN); overtime and exempt classification claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage and hour laws, including collective actions; state law tort claims, such as defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent retention and hiring; whistleblower claims; breach of contract claims; unfair labor practice claims; and equal protection, due process, First Amendment and other constitutional claims.

In addition, Mr. Blews has successfully litigated numerous disputes with respect to trade secrets and restrictive covenants, including emergency hearings on requests for injunctive relief.In the counseling realm, Mr. Blews has assisted clients with issues across the entire employment law spectrum, such as guiding clients through reductions in force; creating and revising policies and procedures; negotiating and drafting employment and severance agreements; offering advice regarding personnel decisions; conducting internal investigations, including sexual and racial harassment investigations; and conducting compliance training for clients’ human resources, management and front-line employees.Before joining Taylor English in January 2007, Mr. Blews clerked for U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges in the Middle District of Florida, practiced with the labor and employment team of King & Spalding and served in-house as a senior employment counsel for Delta Air Lines Inc.


Advance Registration Deadline: February 4, 2019

Registration Options:

1. Are you planning to attend SOAHR (SHRM-Atlanta's Annual Conference)? If so, you will pay a discounted rate of $79 per workshop.  Your discounted rate will be available when you register for your general SOAHR admission.

2. Those not wishing to attend SOAHR can still register for this workshop as a stand-alone event. Registration rates are below.

Cancellation Deadline: March 18, 2019

Advanced Standard Onsite
Through 2/4/19 2/5/19 - 3/11/19 After 3/11/19
Member $129 $159 $189
Future Member $279 $309 $339
Student Member $65 $95 $125


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Click the register button above, or if paying via check, please print and fill our this registration form.

Your registration will not be confirmed until payment has been received.

Please mail your check, along with the form to:

2849 Paces Ferry Road, SE
Overlook 1, Suite 205
Atlanta, GA 30339


Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Deadline: March 18, 2019

Can’t make it? Can someone else from your office attend in your place? Substitutions are allowed; however, the non-member rate may apply. To transfer your registration please submit your request via email to

Would you like to transfer an upcoming registration from one event to another? Requests for transfers must be made by the event cancellation date, usually seven days prior to the event.

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