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Nov 16, 2016

Post offer health screenings and fitness for duty evaluations

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Central Maine Human Resources Association 
October 2016 Meeting

Post offer health screenings and fitness for duty evaluations

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Carriage House in Lewiston, a panel of experts will discuss post offer health screening and fitness for duty evaluations, including:  What are they?  When can they legally be done under what circumstances?  What can an employer do with the information learned?  Are there forms, policies, or other documents that help the process?  What are the benefits of doing certain tests and what are the risks and limitations?  And how can any sane employer deal with so many acronyms all at the same time: FMLA, ADA, MHRA, GINA, WC?  This panel of a doctor who performs such tests, an attorney who advises about them, and a human resource professional who balances it all will address this topic in detail, with time at the end of the program for questions and answers. Our speakers are Dr. Jonathan Torres of St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, Rebecca Webber of Skelton Taintor & Abbott, and HR professional Janine Valliere.  Feel free to submit questions in advance to  

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.  The program takes place on October 18, 2016, from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Carriage House, 1119 Lisbon Street in Lewiston.  There is time to network before and after the program. 

Registration on line is preferred and available at

Questions about membership should be directed to Cindy Letourneau or Lori McRae at:

Dr. Jonathan Torres:  For over 20 years, Jonathan Torres, MD, has offered occupational medical care for employers and their staff as part of WorkMed and St. Mary's.  WorkMed offers customized workplace screening and return to work solutions.  He is board certified in Occupational Medicine, is a Fellow in the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and is a certified Medical Review Officer. 

Rebecca S. Webber is a partner at the law firm of Skelton Taintor & Abbott.  She is a 1980 graduate of Williams College, cum laude, and a 1989 Boston College Law School, magna cum laude.  Her areas of practice include employment law, employment litigation, civil litigation, and employment counseling, compliance, and training.  She is President of the Central Maine Human Resources Association, a local branch of SHRM.

 Janine Valliere has been in the human resources field for more than 20 years.  She has worked in the manufacturing, engineering, healthcare and education industries.  She is currently with Mercy Hospital and providing HR consulting services for a number of smaller companies within Lewiston/Auburn and the mid-coast areas.



This article is not legal advice but should be considered as general guidance in the area of employment and corporate law.  Bryan Dench, Amy Dieterich, Jordan Payne, and Rebecca Webber are employment and labor law attorneys; others at the firm handle business and other matters.  You can contact us at 207.784.3200.  Skelton Taintor & Abbott is a full service law firm providing legal services to individuals , companies, and municipalities throughout Maine.  It has been in operation since its founding in 1853.