No-Fault Attendance? In light of the EEOC/Verizon settlement, what's the point?


Are no-fault attendance policies to go the way of the horse and buggy?

Employers would do well to ask themselves that question, in light of the recent $20 million settlement between the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Verizon Communications. First, let's debunk a few erroneous assumptions about the settlement:

*We can blame this on the overly-aggressive, anti-employer Obama Administration. Nope. Actually, the case began with a Commissioner's charge filed in the fall of 2008, when George W. Bush was still in office.

*Well, then, we can blame it on that horribly-liberalized Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act. Nope again. The ADAAA didn't take effect until January 1, 2009. The charge against Verizon was already pending by that time.

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