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    Service Animals in the Workplace

    Date: November 15, 2018, 11:00am – 1:00pm
    $35 for members/$40 for non-members (if registered by 11/1/18); $50 walk in rate at the door
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    Service Animals in the Workplace

    with Bruce Sarchet, Littler Mendelson 

    November 15th, 2018


    Suppose you are sitting at your desk, working away, and an employee asks for a meeting. Of course, you agree (you do have an “open door” policy), and the employee asks you if he can bring his dog to work. You ask why, and he proceeds to tell you that he is suffering from anxiety, and that he has a “service dog” that reduces his anxiety, allowing him to do his job.

    This may sound far-fetched, but this basic scenario is playing out with increasing frequency in workplaces across California. Employees may have a protected legal right under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or its California equivalent, the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), to bring a service animal to the workplace.

    Bruce J. Sarchet has focused his entire legal career on the representation of management in labor and employment law matters and has particular expertise in issues involving: unionized employers, violence in the workplace, employment discrimination and employee leaves of absence.

    Mr. Sarchet regularly appears in state and federal courts and before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  He provides consultation and representation to large, medium and small businesses across California in a variety of industries, including food and beverage, healthcare, transportation, technology, and construction. He also represents public sector employers. He crafts practical, real world solutions to workplace problems such as dealing with difficult employees and recognizing and balancing business realities and necessities with the need to minimize exposure to litigation.

    Mr. Sarchet also serves as the California coordinator and liaison for Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute (WPI). Bruce focuses on California state legislative and regulatory developments in employment and labor law, as well as municipal ordinances and regulation of the workplace. He assists the employer community in understanding and impacting California legislation before it becomes law.

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