Tag: ADA

coronavirus

EEOC Guidance Covers ADA, Rehabilitation Act, and the Coronavirus

With the growing concern over coronavirus, last week the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released “What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and the Coronavirus.” The short article notes that the agency’s standard pandemic guidance identifies “relevant established principles and answers questions frequently asked about the workplace during Coronavirus-like events.”

weight

Training: One Way to Tackle Weight Discrimination at Work

Imagine two résumés showing equally desirable qualifications. One belongs to a thin applicant and the other to an applicant viewed as overweight. Which candidate gets the job? An even more intriguing question: What if the heavier applicant had a more impressive résumé than the thinner candidate? Which candidate would get the job in that case?

mental health

Under the Radar: Mental Disability Buzzwords You Might Be Missing

By now, most employers with at least 15 employees have a general familiarity with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). That said, what does or does not—constitute a “disability” under the ADA may not be as clear. This is especially true when it comes to disabilities that are mental, rather than physical, in nature. One […]

Reasonable Accommodations for Mental Illnesses

Most HR teams are aware of their responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAA). They understand that they’re required to utilize an interactive process when configuring reasonable accommodations for anyone who qualifies and that many conditions, including mental health conditions, easily qualify.

Even Employees With Disabilities Must Comply With Your Policies

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?

Accommodation Options for Overweight Employees

With the majority of Americans being classified as either overweight or obese, it stands to reason that the vast majority of employers will have many overweight individuals as employees. While most of the time this is not something of consideration, some overweight individuals may benefit from employer assistance to ensure their working environment can accommodate […]

job description

Appeals Court Case Discusses Role of Job Description in ADA Claims

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990 to prevent discrimination against employees based on disabilities. This does not mean that employers violate the ADA if they terminate or refuse to hire employees with disabilities. Rather, the law provides an exception if the employee is unable to perform the essential functions of the job without […]