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Join CHRA for an informative webinar on risk management and legal compliance hosted by Douglas W. Desmarais, Esq. & Kerstin M. Miller, Esq.

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When: 1/07/2020
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Webinar: This Job is Stressing Me Out!

Managing Legal Risks Associated with Stress, Anxiety, and

Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

Tuesday January 7th, 2020

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Presented by:

Douglas W. Desmarais, Esq. & Kerstin M. Miller, Esq.

Smith & Downey, P.A.





This program has been pre-approved for 1 hour of General/HR credit by HRCI. The use of this seal is not an endorsement by HRCI of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HRCI’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit. 

This program has been pre-approved for 1 SHRM PDC's. The Chesapeake Human Resources Association is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.




After attending this session, participants will be able to:


  • Distinguish between common complaints of stress and anxiety and complaints that may indicate a legally-protected psychiatric disability
  • Understand the legal protections provided to individuals suffering from mental health issues in the workplace and how to balance those protections with the need to ensure workplace safety
  • Identify best practices for accommodating employees with mental health issues
  • Learn practical steps to curb employee abuse, and understand how to obtain a second medical opinion
  • Recognize when work-related stress and anxiety may lead to a workers’ compensation claim




Douglas W. Desmarais, Esq. 

Doug Desmarais focuses his practice on all aspects of labor and employer/employee relations, general litigation, ERISA litigation, and business immigration. He has extensive experience in representing clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, including with regard to claims involving sexual harassment and race, gender, religion, age, and disability discrimination and retaliation.

Doug frequently represents clients before the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Commission, as well as numerous other governmental agencies. His employment litigation experience includes representation of clients in federal and state courts across the country.

Doug also regularly counsels clients in all facets of employer/employee relations and provides training to assist clients in avoiding employment-related litigation. He is a frequent lecturer and panelist on educational programs in the labor and employment areas.


Kerstin M. Miller, Esq.

Kerstin Miller’s practice deals with all aspects of labor and employer/employee relations, general litigation, ERISA litigation, and business immigration. She handles a wide range of employment matters for businesses, with a focus on avoiding liability under the host of laws and regulations impacting the workplace.

Kerstin regularly counsels management on day-to-day human resource law issues, such as leaves of absence, discrimination, reasonable accommodation, and terminations. She works closely with clients to prepare key employment documents, including employee handbooks, trade secrets/confidentiality agreements, and separation agreements. She also offers training to clients on topics such as harassment avoidance and managers’ legal obligations to employees.

Kerstin has represented clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; the National Labor Relations Board; the U.S. Department of Labor; the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation; and numerous other governmental agencies. Her employment and ERISA litigation.



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The deadline to cancel in order to receive a refund is Friday, January 3rd. If you do not cancel in advance and do not attend the event, you will still be invoiced for the event.

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