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Mariah Carey Won’t Let Bipolar Diagnosis “Define” or “Control” Her

Mariah Carey, known as an iconic singer-songwriter and a dramatic diva, disclosed to People magazine last week that she has bipolar disorder.  Although she was first diagnosed in 2001, Carey says she finally sought treatment recently after “the hardest couple of years [she’s] been through.” (Among her recent personal and professional issues, you may recall […]

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Is a Telecommuting Program Right for Your Business? Legal and Practical Considerations

It’s Monday morning, seven inches of snow have accumulated outside and the weatherman predicts another five to come.  Do you shut down your business operations or require your employees to report to work?  For many HR professionals, the above hypothetical has become a reality as the past several months brought snowstorms in the Midwest, nor’easters […]

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Recent 7th Circuit Case Highlights Best Practices for Accommodating Disabilities

Reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can be a difficult area for employers to navigate. A recent case from the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin—provides a helpful example of how you should clearly spell out job requirements and qualifications so you can better respond to potential […]

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Employers Left in Wellness-Plan Limbo

In recent years, more and more employers have implemented wellness programs—employee participation programs that may include wellness education, health or fitness challenges, and even limited medical testing and preventive care requirements—to promote and encourage employee health and wellbeing. Through these programs, they hope to create a healthier workforce and reduce insurance costs.

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First Things First: Court Outlines Test for ADA Interference Claims

At the end of September, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin), outlined—for the first time—the test for analyzing disability-based interference claims under the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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7th Circuit: The ADA is Not the New FMLA

In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit—which covers Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin—ruled that granting an employee additional leave beyond what he’s entitled to under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is not a “reasonable accommodation” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Listen Closely! 5th Circuit Court Hears Stuttering Employee’s ADA Claims

In a recent decision, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas—addressed claims brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by an employee who had a noticeable stutter. The employee alleged his employers failed to accommodate his disability and subjected him to a hostile work environment.

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ADA: When Is a Transfer a Reasonable Accommodation?

Massachusetts Gen. L. Ch. 151B is the state statute that prohibits discrimination based on disability, and the interpretation of that statute sometimes differs from the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). One area where the two statutes diverge is an employer’s obligation to transfer an employee to a vacant position.

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