Animals, Disabilities and Business – Everything Owners and Operators Need to Know (On-Demand)

$169.00

Businesses faced with animal-related requests by disabled individuals face a confusing maze of statutes and regulations, a great deal of misinformation on the internet, and a growing industry facilitating outright fraud. This course will guide you through the statutes and regulations, explaining how different kinds of businesses have different obligations and rights, why the same is true of individuals with disabilities, and how any business can push back against fraud without inadvertently violating the rights of those with a real need for a service, assistance or other type of animal.

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Event Details

Course Type

Original Date Of Course

Course Instructor

Richard M. Hunt, Esq.

General Credits

2

Course Description

Businesses faced with animal-related requests by disabled individuals face a confusing maze of statutes and regulations, a great deal of misinformation on the internet, and a growing industry facilitating outright fraud. This course will guide you through the statutes and regulations, explaining how different kinds of businesses have different obligations and rights, why the same is true of individuals with disabilities, and how any business can push back against fraud without inadvertently violating the rights of those with a real need for a service, assistance or other type of animal.

Principles

  • Sorting out the confusion regard disability rights under the Fair Housing Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Air Carrier Access Act.
  • What the ADA does and does not require.
  • Pushing back against fraud in ADA public accommodations.
  • What the ACAA does and does not require.
  • What the FHA does and does not require.
  • Pushing back against fraud in FHA governed housing.

Syllabus

  1. The statutory landscape – different laws, different places, different animals.
  2. Vocabulary problems
    1. What do you call that animal anyway?
    2. Why handicapped and disabled are not the same thing.
    3. Why modification and accommodation may be the same thing.
  3. The Air Carrier Access Act – a work in progress
  4. The Americans with Disabilities Act
    1. A common notion – reasonable modification/accommodation.
    2. A  common definition – disabled.
    3. Title I – Employer obligations with respect to animals, including limits on inquiry.
      1. Why Title I may animals not included in Titles II and III.
    4. Titles II and III – governments and public business obligations with respect to animals.
      1. Understanding “service animal” for Titles II and III.
      2. The limits on inquiry.
  5. The Fair Housing Act
    1. The key concept – reasonable accommodation.
    2. Animals that may have to be permitted.
    3. The limits of the accommodation obligation
    4. The limits on inquiry and the tenant’s burden of proof.
  6. Understanding animal fraud and what can be done about it.
    1. Well-meaning misinformation.
    2. Outright lies for sale

Instructor

Richard M. Hunt, Esq.

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