EEOC meeting will address use of leave as a reasonable accommodation

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is holding a public meeting to examine the use of leave as a reasonable accommodation. The meeting will be open for public observation of the commission’s deliberations.

On June 8, beginning at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern Time), the commission will hear from invited panelists on the appropriate use of disability leave as a reasonable accommodation and complying with relevant regulations. The meeting agenda (which is subject to revision) lists two panels:

l Panel 1 – EEOC’s Current Position and Policy Statements: Christopher Kuczynski, Assistant Legal Council, EEOC; and John Hendrickson, Regional Attorney, EEOC.


l Panel 2 – How to Comply with the Law and Appropriately Permit Leave to Employees: Brian East, Senior Attorney, Texas Disability Rights; Claudia Center, Director, Disability Rights Program, Legal Aid Society — Employment Law Center; Ellen McLaughlin, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP; and Edward Isler, Partner, Isler Dare Ray Radcliffe & Connolly, P.C.

A brief question-and-answer session with EEOC Commissioners will follow each panel discussion.

The meeting will be held at agency headquarters, 131 M Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. Because seating is limited, the EEOC suggests that visitors arrive 30 minutes before the meeting in order to be processed through security and escorted to the meeting room.