Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1990 to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, public accomodation, transportation,... more +
The Americans with Disabilities Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1990 to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, public accomodation, transportation, communications and governmental activities. The Act defines a covered disability as those mental or physical impairments that substantially interfere with one or more major life activities.  Five different federal agencies are responsible for enforcing the ADA: Department of Labor, Department of Justice, Federal Communications Commission, Department of Transportation and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  less -
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Eighth Circuit: Doctor Is Unable to Maintain Employment Claims Due to Determination of Independent Contractor Status

From 1991 until 2011, Larry Alexander worked as a pathologist for Avera St. Luke's Hospital in South Dakota. Under the terms of his contract, Alexander was an independent contractor free from control of Avera. Alexander paid...more

Questioning employees about prescription drugs that could affect performance and safety

Employers often have policies and procedures (frequently included in a drug testing policy) that require their employees to disclose the lawful use of prescription drugs (i.e., per the advice and prescription of a licensed...more

Baywood Home Care to Pay $30,000 under Decree Ending EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Home Health Care Provider Fired Employee With Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis Because of Walking Restrictions, Federal Agency Charged - MINNEAPOLIS - A Minneapolis-area home health care provider will pay $30,000 under...more

10 Tips for Communicating with People with Disabilities in the Workplace

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. The purpose of this national campaign is to raise awareness about disability...more

Disability Access Litigation on the Rise

In an article published recently in The Wall Street Journal (“Disability Lawsuits Against Small Businesses Soar,” October 15, 2014), staff writer Angus Loten reported that accessibility lawsuits brought under the Americans...more

Employers Must Be Cautious in Addressing Ebola Concerns

Neither the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission nor the Centers for Disease Control has issued any specific guidance for employers to deal with Ebola issues. With multiple Ebola cases diagnosed in the United States...more

Be Prepared: Understanding the Impact That the Ebola Outbreak May Have on Employers

Two months ago, many Americans were unfamiliar with the term “Ebola.” It’s amazing how quickly things can change. Today, you cannot turn on your television or read a news article without hearing or seeing reference to this...more

Top Five Steps for Dealing with the Threat of Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases in the Workplace

Recent news surrounding the Ebola virus in the United States has raised concerns about what employers should do when faced with the threat of a highly infectious and/or contagious disease. By implementing practices that...more

Accessibility 2.0 – is your company’s website accessible to disabled individuals? 5 practical steps toward compliance

A series of lawsuits over the past few years has made it clear that accessibility under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Unruh Civil Rights Act, an analogous California statute, includes website...more

What Employers Don’t Know about Applicants Using Social Media Can’t Hurt Them.

An interview conducted earlier this year with Senior Trial Attorney Edward Loughlin of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), who is charged with prosecuting employers for violations of Title VII, and the like,...more

EEOC Legal Counsel Says Blanket Policy Prohibiting Alcoholic Employees From Drinking Could Violate ADA

Here is a common workplace scenario: An employee tests positive for use of alcohol following a random screening. As a condition of continuing employment, the employee consults with the company’s EAP, which informs the...more

Seven Steps for Employers to Address the Ebola Threat (Step 1: Don’t Panic!)

The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, with the few isolated cases occurring in the United States, is spurring employers to review their emergency response plans for pandemic preparedness. In seven steps,...more

Considering a Wellness Program for Employees? Make Sure You Do Not Violate the ADA or Other Laws in the Process

Rising health insurance costs have bedeviled employers for years. Wellness programs represent one tool designed to increase employee health and reduce health insurance costs. The Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) so called...more

Wal-Mart Stores East Will Pay $72,500 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Retailer Refused to Reasonably Accommodate Applicant With End-Stage Renal Disease, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE - Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P., will pay $72,500 and provide significant equitable relief to settle a...more

Ebola and the Workplace: Frequently Asked Questions

After two Dallas nurses have contracted Ebola and the deadly disease continues to spread in West Africa, employers increasingly face the unique challenge of maintaining a safe workplace while avoiding potential legal...more

Ebola and the Workplace: What Employers Need To Know

In light of the Ebola virus outbreak abroad and the recent Ebola cases in the U.S., employers should be aware of the laws implicated in their treatment of employees. Though employment issues related to Ebola may appear to be...more

EEOC Issues New Guidance on Pregnancy

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued comprehensive "Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues” (the Guidance). Along with the Guidance, the EEOC issued a Q&A document as...more

ADA Claims Coming for Retailers This Holiday Season for Inaccessible Websites

The Department of Justice takes the position that websites are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). More claims are being filed by plaintiffs targeting retailers whose websites are inaccessible to consumers...more

Wait A Minute? Is Pregnancy a Disability Now?

On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued guidance relating to pregnancy discrimination. Since that time, in federal courts around the country the EEOC has filed multiple lawsuits on behalf of...more

Hairdresser Pushes on to ADA Trial

A hairdresser in a nursing home had restrictions on pushing and lifting after a hysterectomy. Previously, plaintiff pushed wheelchair-bound residents to and from the beauty shop two days a week. When plaintiff notified the...more

"You Want More Time Off? "Dealing With Medical Leave Requests Under The FMLA And ADA

FMLA BASICS - - Applies to employers with over 50 employees within 75 miles - Applies to employees with at least 1,250 hours of service in last 12 months - Permits up to 12 weeks of total leave (job or equivalent...more

EEOC Sues FedEx Ground for Failing to Accommodate Deaf Employees and Recruits

The EEOC recently announced that it is suing FedEx Ground Package System for allegedly violating the Americans With Disabilities Act in their dealings with deaf and hearing-impaired workers nationwide. The suit claims that...more

Polsinelli Podcasts - Safely Navigating the ADA, FMLA & Worker's Compensation Laws [Video]

Polsinelli Podcast to preview the firm's complimentary 2014 Labor and Employment Webinar Series with Employment Law attorney Gillian MKean Bidgood. The Employment Law Bermuda Triangle – Safely Navigating the Confluence of...more

Ebola: Legal Considerations for Health Care Employers

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that “the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is very low,” it is promulgating new protocols to more precisely address safety issues in the health...more

EEOC Lawsuits Shine a Spotlight on Wellness Programs

These days, many large employers have some form of wellness program, designed to help their employees address medical and lifestyle issues. Many employers reward employees who participate with discounts on insurance premiums...more

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