Question: An employee who was working restricted duty as an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was arrested and isn’t able to come to work until further notice. Can we fire the employee now for attendance reasons, or do we have to wait until he is out of jail?
What do a shipping company, a manufacturer, and an oil and gas company have in common? They were all found to have violated disability discrimination policies and were held accountable by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
In part 1 of this article, we discussed how the fight for top talent is requiring employers to invest in keeping their current staff healthy and productive. Comprehensive disability management programs can be a key part of this approach—helping assess employees’ needs, connecting them with workplace resources, and providing accommodation recommendations to help them stay […]
One of the best reasons to watch Netflix is to get EntertainHR article ideas from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There are so many to choose from, but the various miniseries based on the Defenders (Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and the Iron Fist) are the best. Of those miniseries, my favorite is Luke Cage (Mike […]
The opioid epidemic is affecting workplaces across the country. Because opioids can be lawfully prescribed (but are increasingly abused), employers must tread carefully when taking adverse action against opioid users to avoid running afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). “Recovery-friendly” workplaces may provide an alternative solution to help combat the crisis, but that […]
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—recently heard a claim from an in-house lawyer who sued her employer for refusing to provide the accommodation she requested as a result of pregnancy-related complications.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.