Return to Work and Accommodations

You have an employee who has been out on FMLA leave and wants to return to work.  The employee says he is fully recovered.  You are not so sure.  Now what?  Or maybe the employee has been out on company sick leave or disability leave due to cancer treatments and they now want to return to a part-time schedule – now what?  How much does an employer have to do to accommodate an employee’s return?  What resources are there to help, whether you’re a large business with an HR department or a small one whose bookkeeper handles employee issues?  This area of the law is particularly challenging because so many laws intersect on the topic but there are some basic non-legal guidelines that help navigate the challenge while reducing risk of legal claims.  On September 27, 2018, at noon at the LA Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, local attorney Rebecca Webber, board member of the Central Maine Human Resources Association, will share those guidelines and more.

Rebecca Webber is a partner at the law firm of Skelton Taintor & Abbott.  She focuses her practice on employment law.  She provides regular alerts on employment law topics to corporate and municipal clients. Rebecca is a frequent presenter on employment law topics for clients, as well as at seminars and business gatherings for the Maine Human Rights Commission, the Maine State Bar Association, the National Business Institute (NBI), the Central Maine Human Resources Association, the Maine Municipal Association, the Maine Grocers and Food Producers Association, Maine’s HR Convention, the Labor and Employment Relations Association, and the Chamber of Commerce, among others. She has chaired the Maine State Bar Association’s annual seminar on labor and employment law for a number of years. She is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and in New England Super Lawyers in the area of employment law. Rebecca holds an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating in the distinguished legal directory, Martindale-Hubbell.®