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Raleigh Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities Meeting
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When: 07/24/2019
8:00am - 11:00am
Where: McKimmon Center
1101 Gorman St
Raleigh, North Carolina  27606
United States
Contact: Kristy Dixon

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Employee leave rights provided by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (“FMLA”), the American with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and other state leave requirements present unique challenges to employers. This presentation will examine the key provisions and interplay of these laws, particularly where overlapping coverage and differing legal requirements complicate the leave and return-to-work process in light of the various rights and obligations under multiple statutory schemes.


The second portion of the presentation will cover the resources available to employers from a recruiting aspect. Our speaker from Vocation Rehabilitation will explain the job placement process as well as the support services provided when hiring people with disabilities.


Learning Outcomes:

Participants will leave with a much greater understanding of strategies to immediately implement in addressing medical leave, accommodations, and recruiting issues.

1) Develop policies that meet employee needs, employer requirements, as well as comply with the ADA.

2) Determine legal requirements when your employees request medical leave.

3) Recruitment sources of qualified individuals for employers.




Kimberly Lehman

An Associate with the Raleigh office of Ogletree Deakins, Kim Lehman is a dedicated counselor and advocate for employers and management in employment law matters.


As a counselor, Ms. Lehman advises clients on matters, including hiring, discipline/discharge, com-plex ADA/Family and Medical Leave Act issues, navigating administrative actions, and policy crea-tion. To further assist clients with preventive measures, Ms. Lehman calls upon her broadcasting background to deliver effective and engaging training for management and employees.


As an advocate, Ms. Lehman regularly defends clients in litigation and arbitration matters involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, FMLA violations, wage and hour issues, and public policy discharge.


Ms. Lehman also routinely prepares administrative agency responses and represents clients during on-site investigations and proceedings before government agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, North Carolina Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance, U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, and the North Carolina Division of Employment Security.


Ms. Lehman received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. After working in television and film production, she transitioned to broadcast news where she worked as a reporter and evening news anchor in Oregon, Idaho, Michigan and North Carolina. In 2008, Ms. Lehman took her experience researching, writing, and communicating to the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University where she participated in trial advocacy competitions for two years and was a member of the 2011 AAJ Regional Championship Trial Team. Ms. Lehman graduated cum laude in 2011.


Ashley Hayes Chassereau

Ashley is the business relations representative for the Department of Health and Human Services of North Carolina. Ashley is dedicated to her field of work which focuses on assisting individuals with barriers to employment gain competitive and inclusive careers in the community. She spends a large portion of her time meeting with businesses in the area to educate them on the services provided by Vocational Rehabilitation, the benefits to building a working relationship with Vocational Rehabilitation and how the relationship will help better our community.


Ashley received her bachelor’s degree from Campbell University in Family Consumer Science Childhood Development and started in the field as a Professional Travel Nanny for a child on the Autistic Spectrum. While her career as a nanny was meaningful and full of wonderful experiences, she went on to running her own Parent Assistance and training program for families with children who had behavioral challenges. Shortly after this experience, Ashley began her career as an Employment Specialist with Easter Seals UCP, where she found a new passion for assisting individuals with finding meaningful and competitive work.


Most recently, Ashley began working with Vocational Rehabilitation in September where she has built many new relationships with employers in the community, continues to advocate for individuals in the community and has assisted over 100 clients obtain employment over the last 3 years.


This event has been approved for SHRM and HRCI credit.

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