Tag: DSM

Understanding FEHA’s disability definition

If you struggle with understanding whether you must accommodate an employee with a mental disorder, you're not alone. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can become a tricky labyrinth to navigate, and now the maze has gotten even more complicated.

Mental disorders: How will DSM-5 affect California employers?

What is DSM-5? It is the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, released by the American Psychiatric Association on May 18, 2013. This is the first substantial update to the DSM since 1994, and it reorganizes the classification system and changes the names of some disorders to simplify diagnostics for practitioners. The DSM is primarily used by psychiatrists and other mental health professionals in diagnosing patients, but its influence extends to the courts and the development of employment law.

Mental Illness and the Workplace: How Might DSM-5 Changes Affect You?

Ever heard of DSM-5? It’s the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition. It is the latest update to the American Psychiatric Association’s classification and diagnostic tool. This update was published on May 18, 2013 and includes some significant expansions to definitions of a few mental disorders. “This is the diagnostic manual that […]

What Makes the ADA Different? 3 Key Factors

Layers of Analysis The ADA requires a several step analysis, but it is not hard if you work it through step by step, says Farrell. Her remarks came at a recent meeting of the Human Resources Leadership Association in Mystic, Connecticut. Farrell, who is a legal editor at BLR®, was joined in her presentation by […]


Litigation value: Ryan gets nothing today, but in a few years ….. who knows? The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) significantly broadened the ADA’s definition of disability. Ryan had me asking myself how much during last night’s rerun episode, Trivia. During the trivia contest, the organizers confiscated Ryan’s smartphone. Ryan held out for all of eight seconds before deciding that he would rather be ejected from […]