A recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio illustrates the relatively low bar an employee must clear to proceed with a regarded-as-disabled claim. Facts Douglas McGonegle worked for Sleep Number, a mattress and sleep accessory store, as an at-will employee (that is, he could be fired at any time […]
Almost 2 years ago, a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Kansas employers) had ruled employees can’t sue the employer for failing to provide a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) unless they can prove some additional adverse employment action. The full 10th Circuit recently revisited […]
As a financial adviser or broker, you evaluate clients’ unique needs to provide them with appropriate solutions that protect them from the unexpected. In a world where “one size fits all” insurance plans are sometimes the norm, it can be a challenge to find the right mix of solutions to ensure your clients are fully […]
Any Real Housewives fans out there? I’m not ashamed to admit that I sometimes (with shocking frequency) set aside my Wall Street Journal and Brendon Burchard books on high-performance business habits to engage in a slightly less lofty use of my downtime. Although the ladies of Beverly Hills reign supreme in my book, the housewives […]
As an HR manager, it is critical that you make a place for people with disabilities in your workplace. That includes remaining compliant with federal and state regulations, creating a welcoming company culture, engaging in interactive accommodation processes, and so much more.
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?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits employers from discriminating against employees because of their disabilities. A covered disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. That protection also extends to employees who are simply “regarded as” having a disability.
Serena Williams is one of the greatest athletes of all time–man or woman–period. In her 25-year professional career, she has dominated on the tennis court by winning nearly 40 major titles (singles and doubles). Roger Federer, a tennis legend in his own right, has remarked that Williams is “one of the greatest, if not the […]
Arizona has made it illegal for people to pass off a pet as a service animal in order to have an animal accompany them to public places where only service animals are allowed. While the new law, which took effect August 3, is a relief to many employers and business owners, they must be careful […]
As we previously covered, in late May, Roseanne Barr went on a late-night Twitter tirade that included racial insults about a former official in the Obama administration. ABC responded hours later by condemning Barr’s Twitter statement as “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with [its] values.” The network then cancelled her namesake show. Attempting to explain her […]