In episode 101, Coffey talks with Julie Hamilton about creating inclusive work environments for employees wrestling with chronic illness. They discuss the definition of chronic illness; commonly misunderstood illnesses or disabilities; stress as an illness trigger; the ADA and FMLA process when dealing with chronic illness; how leaders can navigate the conversation around performance, job descriptions, and job accommodations; common ADA accommodations; how HR leaders can respond to employee inquiries under HIPAA; the business case of why employers should go beyond legal requirements to support an employee with chronic conditions; and what policies can be in place to assist chronically-ill employees.

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Julie Hamilton

Terri Swain

Terri is the founder and Chief Truth Seeker with DecipHR a Fort Worth based, human resources consulting firm specializing in Equal Employment Opportunity investigations, employee relations and interim HR leadership. The company was founded in 2022 after the sale of her 24 year old company, The HR Consultant in 2021. DecipHR has a nationwide and diverse client base, specializing in solving complex employee relations issues and providing interim HR leadership to growing companies. Prior to her consulting role, she had Fortune 200 human resource leadership experience in the areas of employee relations, human resource planning, and training and development. Terri began her career in human resources via government compliance as an investigator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

In her spare time, she enjoys a good book, a brisk walk, loud live music and travel to new places.

1 Comment

  1. Laura

    Thank you for a great podcast regarding this very important topic of chronic illness! This is a greatly overlooked topic for many employers.


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