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Physical Ability Testing – Reducing Injuries and Disability Magnification Webinar
In this webinar, Dr. Richard Bunch, CEO of WorkSaver Systems, will share his 28+ years of experience in designing and administering hundreds of thousands of physical ability tests (PAT) on a nationwide basis to more than 200 industries. He will describe how PATs have saved employers hundreds of thousands, in some cases millions, of dollars annually by retaining well-qualified workers, reducing injuries and litigation, and improving work productivity. The PAT process will be addressed not only with new hires, but also with “for cause” cases, and with return-to-work cases.

The legal foundation for establishing an effective PAT program will be clearly described and explained, particularly in relation to compliance with ADA and EEOC requirements. Webinar attendees will be educated as to how a qualified individual with a disability must be properly accommodated and how a PAT program is designed to avoid unfair disparate selection based on age and/or gender. In addition, attendees will be educated as to the causes of disability magnification behavior (e.g., malingering) and how such illness behavior can be identified and managed using PATs.

Learning Objectives
1.) Incorporate a proper physical demands validation process to identify essential job functions that create the legal foundation for physical ability tests (PATs) and accommodations.

2.) Design PATs to be effectively used for hiring physically qualified new hires and for returning employees back to work with and without accommodations to ensure safety and productivity.

3.) Create PATs that can be used “for cause” to prevent serious on-the-job injuries.

4.) Bulletproof the physical abilities testing process to be in full compliance with the ADA, EEOC requirements, and all federal and state anti-discrimination laws.

5.) Utilize PATs and functional capacities evaluations (FCEs) to help identify and manage symptoms and disability magnifiers.

May 12, 2020 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Richard Bunch
Dr. Bunch is a licensed Physical Therapist with a medical PhD in Human Anatomy and Neuroscience. He attended West Point Military Academy and Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Medicine and Allied Health. He is also an ergonomic specialist who has consulted with numerous industries world-wide. He currently serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Tulane University Medical Center where he teaches ergonomics. He is a published author and professional speaker. Dr. Bunch is also the CEO of WorkSaver Systems which offers ADA-compliant fitness for duty testing and ergonomics training and consulting nation-wide.