Objectives of the Presentation
What is a service animal?
How may an employer lawfully determine if an animal is a service animal?
Can animals other than dogs be service animals?
Does the employer automatically have to allow a service animal into the workplace if requested by an employee?
When a service animal may be excluded from the workplace or certain areas?
What is an emotional support animal?
Legal obligations & what to and what not to ask an employer about an emotional support animal
Who must control a service animal? Must an animal be accommodated?
How to resolve conflicts, such as - If an employee is allergic to or afraid of animals
Who is responsible for taking care of and monitoring the service animal at work?
When can a service animal owner be asked to remove their animal from the workplace?
Why Should you Attend
Understand your legal obligations regarding under what circumstances you will need to accommodate an employee who wants or needs to bring an animal to work. This topic will give you the information to know what animals qualify as service animals and how an employer can determine if an animal is really a service animal versus a comfort animal.
The Department of Justice guidance
Effective policies and best practices to allow animals in the workplace
Difference between Service, therapy, companion, comfort and assistive animal
Pets in the workplace best practices and guidelines
How the ADA, Section 504 and the Fair Housing Act impact the ability of employees to bring animals to work
Primary Concerns of Employers about Dogs in the Workplace
Assistance Dog vs. Emotional Support Animal
Understand the fundamentals of Section 504 to avoid any violations and limit litigation