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The Business of Fashion - People and Politics (Part III): Disability Alphabet Soup

(128 reviews)

Produced on March 24, 2015

$ 59 Business, Corporate, & Securities, Disability & Social Security, and Fashion Law In Stock

Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

If you've watched any of the other fashion law CLEs, you now know that the business of fashion is difficult.  However, how do these companies handle employees with disabilities and what, if any, accommodations are reasonable and/or required?


In this course, viewers will become familiar with the disability alphabet soup: 

  • STD (short-term disability)
  • LTD (long-term disability)
  • ADA
  • ADAAA 
  • FMLA   

Specifically, attorneys will learn how all of these relate to each other (if at all), as well as which laws employers turn to when an employee requests an accommodation.   As it relates to the retail environment, practitioners will learn what is considered reasonable and what changes, if any, must be made to the selling floor in order to help retail professionals perform their duties. 


Join Rania V. Sedhom, Founding Member, Sedhom & Mayhew, PLLC, a Bespoke Law FirmTM and Marjorie M. Glover, chair of Chadbourne & Parke LLP's executive compensation and employee benefits practice group and a member of the Firm’s employment law department, as they discuss the practical effects and solutions of disability accommodation in fashion and, in particular, the retail environment.



Learning Objectives:

I.      Learn disability alphabet soup;

a. STD

b. LTD

c. ADA



II.     Understand which laws apply to which situations 

III.    Grasp the reasonability of reasonable accommodation

IV.    Recognize employee responsibility


Program Attorney: Sigalle Barness


Rania V. Sedhom

Sedhom Law Group, PLLC

Rania V. Sedhom, Managing Partner of the firm, is an attorney who provides practical and efficient solutions to complex problems. Rania has extraordinary interpersonal skills that allow her to forge win-win relationships across diverse organizations and cross-functional stakeholders. She is also a skilled legal and business commentator with appearances on national print and TV media, including L.A. Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, Forbes, Inc., Business Week, and CNN Money. 

 Rania is admitted to the Bars of the State of New York and New Jersey, the Eastern District of New York, the Southern District of New York, the District of New Jersey and the Third Circuit. Rania attended Syracuse University College of Law, where she was Editor of The Labor Lawyer and The Digest and served as Vice-Justice of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Prior to law school, Rania attended Columbia University where she majored in political science.

Marjorie M. Glover

Norton Rose Fulbright

Marjorie Glover’s practice focuses exclusively in the areas of executive compensation and employee benefits law, corporate governance and risk oversight and employment law.

Ms. Glover advises on employee benefits and executive compensation issues in domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, public offerings, private placements, project financing and other financings.

Ms. Glover advises on all aspects of executive compensation, including employment, separation and consulting agreements, equity- and cash-based incentive plans, deferred compensation arrangements and issues under Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m) (executive pay cap limits), 280G (golden parachutes) and 409A (restrictions on non-qualified deferred compensation).

Ms. Glover advises regularly on all aspects of compliance with United States employee benefits laws, including, for example, compliance with ERISA and applicable securities, tax, labor and health insurance laws. She has extensive experience in the design, implementation, administration and termination of pension, cash balance, profit-sharing, 401(k) savings, employee stock ownership plans and welfare benefit plans. Ms. Glover represents companies in connection with Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service filings, audits and investigations.

Ms. Glover has particular experience in health care law requirements for employers, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health of 2009, Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, Health Insurance and Portability Accountability Act of 1996, Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 and other health care laws.

Ms. Glover advises investment funds and investment fund investors with respect to ERISA’s fiduciary requirements, including plan asset and prohibited transaction requirements and exemptions.

Ms. Glover advises companies, boards of directors and board committees on a wide range of corporate governance and risk oversight matters.

Ms. Glover also advises on all aspects of employment law, including, for example, laws related to wages and hours, payroll tax, non-discrimination, employee discipline, suspension and termination, substance abuse, privacy and leaves of absence.


Ellen S.

Rania is awesome.

Maureen S.

This is a very basic course in disability law. I am extremely pleased to find two employer-advocate attorneys who believe that employees are humans to be treated fairly and with respect -- not necessary evils that must be treated as suspect. Well done,

Anne W.

Great course.

Susanne Y.

Great integration of a number of overlapping laws.

Judith P.

These ladies do a nice job presenting life in the 'trenches' of the fashion business.

Terence S.

well done!

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