The ADA and New DSM-5 Standards
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The ADA and New DSM-5 Standards

SHRM's Public Policy Webcast Series

The ADA and New DSM-5 Standards:

Accommodating New Mental Disorders

James J. McDonald Jr., Regional Managing Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP

July 2013 (avaliable through July 17th, 2014)

Program length: 90 minutes
Recertification Credits: 1.5*

Program fee: SHRM members: $99; nonmembers: $139 - Register now

Accommodating employees with mental disabilities has never been easy. And, now, it’s about to get more difficult. The American Psychiatric Association recently published a new fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (also known as "DSM-5"). It contains new diagnostic categories not listed in its predecessor and loosens the criteria for some diagnoses. The likely result is increased numbers of employees who will qualify as disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and be entitled to reasonable accommodation.

In this timely webcast, you will hear from James McDonald, a partner with Fisher & Phillips, a labor and employment law firm that represents employers. He will provide definitions and symptoms of several new diagnoses outlined in the manual including social (pragmatic) communication disorder, binge eating disorder, mild neurocognitive disorder, and pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder. He will also discuss the expansion of existing disorders including major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and personality disorders such as antisocial, borderline and other narcissistic varieties. Mr. McDonald will explain why these new and expanded mental disorders are expected to introduce daunting challenges to HR professionals and steps HR executives can take to reduce the risk of litigation.

About the Presenter: Jim McDonald is managing partner of the Irvine office and a partner in the Los Angeles office of Fisher & Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm that represents management. Mr. McDonald tries employment cases before juries, judges and arbitrators. His practice especially focuses on executive terminations, workplace harassment and discrimination claims, the Americans with Disabilities Act, mental health issues in the workplace, and trade secrets and unfair competition matters. Mr. McDonald is editor of the second edition of the treatise, Mental and Emotional Injuries in Employment Litigation published by BNA Books in 2001 and author of more than 50 published articles. He has spoken before many national organizations on issues such as the defense of psychological injury claims in employment litigation, mental disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, new theories of harassment and discrimination, and the use of expert witnesses. Mr. McDonald holds SPHR certification, and he teaches employment law in the Human Resources Management Program at the University of California, Irvine.

Program fee:
SHRM members: $99; nonmembers: $139 - Register now

Recertification Credit

*Viewing this entire presentation, either as a live event or archived, counts for 1.5 credit hours toward PHR/SPHR recertification from the Human Resource Certification Institute. Note: You are responsible for tracking your participation in this event.