Panel Discussion – Addressing Substance Use in the Workplace – Legal and Cultural Implications – Webinar – 11/18/2021

Substance Use in the workplace can cost employers billions of dollars each year (NIH) and often results in lost productivity, absenteeism, turnover, and increased healthcare expenses. Join our panel of experts on November 18th at 9:00 AM for an informative panel discussion on how HR professionals can identify Substance Use Disorder in the workplace, what accommodations do HR professionals need to need to provide once and employee is in treatment? And what can HR professionals do to help employees? Attendees will have an opportunity to have all of their HR and legal questions answered as they relate to substance use and mental health in the workplace. We will be covering several questions and topics related to helping employers such as:

– What are the physical signs and symptoms of substance use disorder?
– I want to help, but I’m afraid of the legal implications around broaching the subject, can we be sued?
– This is seems like a really a difficult conversation to have, how do I ask someone about their drinking or drug use?
– Does recommending treatment to an employee mean they have to leave work for 30 days?
– How do I manage an alcohol centric company culture?
– What accommodations do I need to provide once we have an employee in treatment?

Todd Whitridge, Director of Project Connect at Recovery Centers of America
Todd Whitridge is the Director of Project Connect at Recovery Centers of America, a program designed specifically to partner with Human Resource professionals. Project Connect offers professional peer support, education, resources, and treatment navigation to working professionals and their families. Todd joined Recovery Centers of America in 2018 after an 18-year career in the advertising and media technology space. Todd is in recovery from substance use disorder himself and is an alumni of Recovery Centers of America at Danvers. His own lived experience in corporate America, and his personal recovery journey, is the driving factor behind his passion for Project Connect.


Dr. Heidi Ginter, Chief Medical Director, Recovery Centers of America
Dr. Heidi Ginter, MD, FASAM has nearly two decades of experience working in the addiction treatment field, is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine, and is a prominent voice in medication-assisted treatment (MAT). MAT, the use of FDA-approved medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, is widely considered to be an effective tool in battling addiction to opioids and other drugs.

Dr. Ginter graduated from Yale University and earned her doctorate at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She has lectured extensively on MAT and opioid dependence. Dr. Ginter started her career as a family doctor for underserved populations and eventually found a passion for helping pregnant women struggling with addiction. Most recently, she was the Regional Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer for an outpatient addiction treatment provider with 16 sites in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Connecticut.

Michelle Kalman, Regional Director, HR Business Partner Services, Recovery Centers of America
Michelle is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania with a degree in business management and human resource management. She also has a master degree from Wilmington University in the field of educational counseling. Michelle joined Recovery Centers of America in 2019 after a 17 year career in customer service and human resources related positions. What she brings to the team at Devon is her expertise in employee relations, performance management, strategic planning, mentorship, training and development, and other human resources related areas. Michelle is passionate about her employees and providing exceptional care to our patients. She is committed to helping Recovery Centers of America in their mission to saving a million lives.

Karen A. Whitley, Attorney, Shareholder, Sheehan Phinney
Karen serves on the firm’s Management Committee as the ‘At Large’ member for Boston. She is also a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment and Litigation Practice Groups. Karen focuses her practice on management-side employment litigation and counseling, including discrimination, wage and hour, and restrictive covenant proceedings. She values working closely with HR professionals and in-house counsel to develop a practical business approach to thorny employment law issues. Karen advises employers on legal compliance in all phases of the employment relationship, conducts sensitive internal investigations, and provides proactive training to management and staff on cutting edge issues. She provides employment law advice arising in connection with mergers and acquisitions, and helps employers protect their proprietary data through the enforcement of restrictive covenants and other policies.

Karen maintains an active practice before anti-discrimination agencies and trial courts on behalf of private employers in the banking, insurance, recruiting, education, hospitality, manufacturing, and pharmaceutical industries. She has been a trusted advisor to small start-up businesses, mid-size organizations, and multi-national companies to ensure adherence with numerous federal and state laws, including the FLSA, ADA, ACA, FMLA, WARN Act, COBRA and similar state laws.

Prior to joining the firm in 2014, Karen was a partner at Jones Day in Boston for 4 years. Previously, Karen was with Hanify & King in Boston for 16 years. Karen began her legal career as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Superior Court of Massachusetts.


Nov 18 2021


9:00 am - 10:30 am

More Info

RSVP Today
RSVP Today
Call Now! 1-800-RECOVERY


Treatment Advisor
Standing By, 24/7