In October, we launched a three-part blog series in honor of National Disability Awareness Month (NDEAM) focusing on items employers should consider as they reviewed policies and practices related to leave of absence and disability programs. In part I, we discussed managing leave of absence requests. Part II focused on employer disability plans. In this … Continued
What are the most relatable phobias, in your opinion? Perhaps it is Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders; Acrophobia, the fear of heights; Mysophobia, the fear of germs; or maybe Trypanophobia, the fear of injections. Social anxiety disorder is one type of phobia. For one employee of Gravity Diagnostics, in Kentucky, his lunch hour went awry … Continued
Victims of domestic violence gained additional employment protections under a new law recently signed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Effective November 18, 2019, NY Senate Bill 1040 offers reasonable accommodations to victims when needing time off of work as well as protection from discrimination. Covered Victims of Domestic Violence A “victim of domestic violence” … Continued
Constantly changing leave laws make staying compliant increasingly complex and overwhelming for organizations. It not only poses a huge burden on time and resources, compliance mistakes can cost organizations thousands of dollars. If you’re feeling like it’s hard to keep up with compliance, you’re certainly not alone. A 2016 DMEC Leave Management Survey found that … Continued
It may come as a surprise to some employers that an employee with a medical condition that poses a risk in the workplace may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation, even if that job is a safety-sensitive position. That was the outcome in the recent case of Allen v. Banks County, a matter heard in … Continued
Telecommuting – working from home – is an option more and more workers are choosing as technology bridges the gap between home and office. Of course, not all roles lend themselves to telecommuting, and not all employers are amenable to it. When it comes to accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act, however, an employer … Continued
ReedGroup, a leading provider of health and productivity solutions, announced today that Josh Protass has joined as the company’s General Counsel. View the press release here.
Every now and then a case comes along that is just too obvious, much like the case of EEOC v. OK Concrete, for which a consent decree was announced yesterday by the EEOC. Just in case there are employers out there who haven’t caught on to this nuance of the Disabilities Act (ADA) yet, we’ll … Continued
By Megan Holstein, Esq., Director of Compliance In a recent court ruling, Judge Richard Posner, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, cited Reed Group’s DisabilityGuidelines™ as a pivotal tool in the decision making process for Kauffman v. Petersen Health Care. The court ruled on behalf of the plaintiff, finding that … Continued
When is a leave of absence required as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act – and for how long? That question came under the microscope again recently, to the advantage of employers. An employer’s obligation to provide leave to a disabled employee as a workplace accommodation has been a perpetual source of … Continued
By Kevin Curry, Reed Group Senior Vice President and National Practice Leader As I reviewed the results of the in-depth survey that Reed Group conducted with Spring Consulting Group on employer practices around the Americans with Disabilities Act, I kept finding reminders of a simple fact: the ADA is not easy for employers to interpret. … Continued
What is the ADA Interactive Process?