ADA and Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act: What's On The Horizon and What Should We Plan For?

  • 14 Sep 2021
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual Via Zoom or In Person at Norris Conference Center, 618 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78216


  • If unable to attend In Person or Virtually, the link to this recording will be available after this meeting.

APPROVED for 1.0 Professional Development Credit (PDC) through SHRM 

APPROVED for 1.0 (General) Recertification Credit through HRCI


What’s on the horizon? Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act –

how is it different than existing protections for pregnant workers?

The ADA and its implications in a post COVID world.

Program Description

In this session, The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act has broad support from more than 250 worker advocates, civil rights groups, and business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In a recent survey of voters across the country, 89 percent said they support the proposal, including 81 percent of Republicans, 86 percent of Independents, and 96 percent of Democrats. With that much support, we might even see Congress pass a bi-partisan bill. We will discuss how is it different than the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 and other laws protecting pregnant employees, and pro-active steps employers should be thinking about now, to prepare. Also, as we try to emerge from this pandemic, Americans With Disabilities Act claims are ubiquitous these days. We will discuss new challenges employers are facing relating to ADA claims, as we navigate how to return to the new “normal.” 

Learning Objectives:

  • Review current protections for pregnant workers
  • Learn how the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act will impact the workplace
  • Review employer’s potentially expanded requirement to accommodate under the ADA, especially post COVID
  • Learn what you need to be doing now to make sure being physically at work is an essential function of the job


     Donna K. McElroy  

Donna is a trial lawyer and a problem solver. She focuses on quick, common-sense resolutions of everyday challenges and creative, timely resolution of more complex issues. She seeks practical solutions which are aligned with the goals and objectives of the employers she represents. Sometimes solutions require litigation and as a trial lawyer, when litigation is necessary, she effectively and aggressively advocates for the firm’s clients.

An "excellent, ethical attorney" according to client quotes in Best Law Firms 2018, Donna works with clients to develop effective EEO and NLRB policies, designs noncompetition and non-solicitation agreements and troubleshoots day-to-day employer concerns – including dealing with social media and its growing impact on the work place. However, sometimes solutions require a trial lawyer. During her three decades of practicing law, Donna has represented employers before juries, judges, arbitration panels and in administrative proceedings; she is well versed in successfully defending employers when sometimes inevitable litigation is filed.

Meeting 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

SAHRMA Member registration - $30
Non-Member registration $40
SAHRMA Student $10


Parmesan Italiano

Herb crusted chicken breast with a savory marinara sauce,

fresh grated Parmesan and buttered gnocchi.

Rolls with butter,

Dessert, freshly brewed iced tea

  and water station

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