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PLI’s Psychological Issues in Employment Law 2016

Wednesday, March 02 1:30 PM EST to 5:00 PM EST

Psychological issues in employment law are both unavoidable and fascinating.  They help to determine counsels’ day-to-day advice regarding a variety of employment issues, and play a central role in preventing, pursuing and resolving litigation.  With the continued increase in mental disability accommodation requests and discrimination charges, attorneys and mental health professionals frequently work together.  Yet attorneys and mental health professionals struggle to communicate effectively and often are on opposite sides of disputes.   

This program brings together prominent practitioners from the management and plaintiffs’ bars, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in-house counsel, and forensic psychiatrists and psychologists, to transcend the jargon, identify practical ways of working together, and to describe effective strategies to avoid, pursue and resolve litigation.  They will address in a clear and pragmatic way key legal and ethical issues at the intersection of employment law and psychology.    

What You Will Learn

  • Update from the EEOC, outside and in-house counsel on key mental disability issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act, including accommodations issues and the use of personality tests with job applicants and employees

  • Litigation strategies when mental health professionals are involved as treating therapists, experts or consultants

  • When and why to conduct a mental examination of an employee-litigant and how to use the results at deposition and trial

  • Ethical issues that arise when lawyers and mental health professionals work together or are adverse in litigation

  • Ethical issues that arise when sensitive information about an employee’s or litigant’s psychiatric history and mental health record is at issue

Special Features:

  • Convenient half-day program format

  • Earn one hour of Ethics credit exploring ethical issues that may arise when counsel and mental health professionals interact

Credit Offered

  • CLE, CPD and HR Recertification

Who Should Attend

In-house employment and labor counsel, outside counsel for employers and employees, human resources executives, and mental health professionals will benefit from this program.

Event Locations

WebcastNew York City Seminar LocationPLI New York Center, 1177 Avenue of the Americas, (2nd floor), entrance on 45th Street, New York, New York 10036. Message Center, program days only: (212) 824-5733.

Atlanta Groupcast LocationAtlanta Bar Association, 400 International Tower, 229 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30303-1601. (404) 521-0781.

Nashville Groupcast LocationThe Nashville Bar Association, 150 4th Avenue, North, Suite #1050, Nashville, TN 37219. (615) 242-9272.

Practice Areas

Employment Law


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Patrick W. Shea

Partner, Employment Law Department

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