In this course, attorney Kristine Kwong discusses the California Fair Employment and Housing Act and the good faith interactive process in accommodating employees with disabilities. She presents the legal definition of a disability and identifies when an employer is required to accommodate an employee and how to start the good faith interactive process. Also addressed are the defenses to accommodating an employee and the risks and liabilities under the Act.
I. Identify what disabilities are covered under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act
II. Understand mental disabilities
III. Grasp the good faith interactive process
IV. Determine when to initiate the interactive process
V. Recognize the essential job functions of a position and how to accommodate the employee
VI. Appreciate the types of accommodations available
VII. Comprehend the defenses to accommodation
Kristine Kwong is a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on all aspects of labor and employment counseling, litigation, transactions, executive compensation and executive mobility matters.
In particular, Ms. Kwong advises and counsels clients on a wide range of business and employment issues, including wage and hour matters, non-compete and restrictive covenant agreements, executive compensation packages, the full range of disciplinary matters, discrimination, harassment and leaves of absences, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL), the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). She has defended class action lawsuits in wage and hour matters, discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims.
Ms. Kwong also represents clients in hearings before arbitrators and other state administrative agencies, including the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Office of Administrative Hearings, and the National Labor Relations Board. In addition, Ms. Kwong is highly experienced in labor negotiations with employee associations, including SEIU, Teamsters, CTA, CSEA and SBPEA.
Ms. Kwong’s practice also includes the drafting and updating of handbooks, policy manuals, codes of conduct, restrictive covenants, trade secret agreements and severance packages. She is also a contributing author to the CEB publication, Drafting Employment Documents for California Employers.
Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Kwong clerked for the Honorable Morio L. Fukuto, of the California Court of Appeal, Second District.
In 2005, 2006 and again in 2007, Ms. Kwong was named a Southern California Super Lawyer “Rising Star” by both Los Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine, a designation reserved for only 2.5 percent of all attorneys in Southern California. Ms. Kwong has also been a recognized authority on employment law and is frequently quoted newspaper journals and public media, including CBS2 News, Dayton News, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, Technet, TMZ and Chinese Daily News.
Ms. Kwong is admitted to practice before all California courts, as well as the United States District Courts for the Central and Eastern Districts of California, and the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit.
Ms. Kwong is a prolific and sought-after trainer. She regularly produces and presents training programs for employers throughout the state of California on current issues of employment law, particularly in the area of government-mandated programs such as the FMLA, FEHA, CFRA, PDL and ADA. Her training programs also include business issues such as wage and hour compliance, and trade secret and non-compete agreements. Ms. Kwong is frequently requested as a speaker throughout the state and regularly presents to various associations.
Ms. Kwong also writes in her areas of emphasis. Her publications include:
Ms. Kwong also served as an Adjunct Professor at Cal State Northridge and Fremont College, teaching employment law, and previously served on the Transportation Commission for the City of South Pasadena. She currently serves on the Legal Reform Committee at the California Chamber of Commerce and on the Advisory Committee for Fremont College. A former professional musician, Ms. Kwong currently plays for the Los Angeles Doctor’s Symphony Orchestra and accompanies various choral groups.
University of California, Riverside, B.A., 1989
McGeorge School of Law (University of the Pacific), J.D., 1992
State Bar of California
This was a great couse and highly applicable to a wide range of attorney practice. The prof was interesting and informed.
This was a great discussion of a topic that's really complex because of the intersection federal and state employment laws.
Good example, clear and concise powerpoint.
Liked the examples from real life; presenter was good but has slight tendency to repeat herself.
Excellent simple presentation.
This presentation was easy to follow and organized well.
Really good presentation! Thank you, Ms. Kwong.
The presenter was very knowledgeable on the ADA & CA FEHA and presented an easily understandable presentation of the acts.
Excellent presentation. A lot of information logically presented with helpful examples.
This was an excellent presentation. I deal with this issue regularly. This was very helpful.
This was my favorite program so far in the bundle. The attorney delivering it was very informative, effective & kept your attention!
The presenter was exceptionally knowledgeable and her style and confidence made it a very easy program to listen to and follow.
Very good speaker and very informative.
This is not my area, but I found it well organized and very informative.
Outstanding presentation. Four Stars in my book.
this lady did a good job.
This was a wonderful presentation. Lawline chooses great teachers. Thank you.
thanks for featuring California
Very interesting CLE!
Very thorough coverage of topic.
Very good presentation!
Kristine Kwong does a fantastic job.
Great examples that really illustrated the crux of the issue.
Ms. Kwong's ability to interweave actual case examples made this presentation. She also presented in a unbiased manner despite being a defense attorney. Good job despite only being able to "Talk" at us.
Thank You. :)
Very clear communicator with helpful practical examples.
I really liked her
Very helpful explanations of how to make appropriate accommodations that comply with vaguely worded disability laws
Excellent speaker and presentation. Thank you!
great content and instructor!
Very good presenter.
Very good overview of the topic.
Great info. Thank you
Kristine Kwong is an excellent presenter. She is very clear, explains terms well, and summarizes important points.
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