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Social Anxiety and the ADA

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

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Reasonable Accommodations Available to NY Domestic Violence Victims Starting November 18, 2019

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

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Compliance Continues to be a Challenge for Employers. Outsourcing Offers Peace of Mind.

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

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Telecommuting – Is an Employer Required to Allow it?

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

When in Doubt, Follow the Interactive Process

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

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Judge Posner cites ReedGroup’s DisabilityGuidelines™ as ADA Accommodation Authority in Lawsuit Opinion

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

Three Ways to Improve Your ADA Practices

 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