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ERISA: Plaintiff’s Attorney Fees Denied — Filing Of Lawsuit Was Not Reason Why Benefits Were Granted

You already know that in ERISA cases a court may, in its discretion, award attorney fees if a party achieved “some degree of success on the merits.”...more

Case alert: Failure to interview disabled employee amounted to disability discrimination

In London Borough of Southwark v Charles, the EAT decided that the London Borough of Southwark (the "Borough") had failed in its duty to make reasonable adjustments when it refused to assess by other less formal means the...more

Court Upholds Employer’s Inflexible Leave Policy

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a number of lawsuits against companies with inflexible leave policies, claiming the policies are discriminatory under the Americans with Disabilities Act...more

Burden of Proof: The "What Changed?" Argument from "A Medley of Interesting Disability Cases"

Hegger v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of America, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28587 (N.D. Cal. 2013) - Facts and holding: Plaintiff Tami Hegger (“Hegger”) was employed as a medical device sales representative until she left work in...more

District Court in Fourth Circuit Rejects Extension of Amara-like Remedies to Benefit Cases

The Honorable Martin Reidinger, sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, declined Plaintiff’s invitation to extend the applicability of Cigna v. Amara, 131 S. Ct. 1866 (2011), to...more

ERISA ATTORNEY FEES – 1st Circuit: Court Remand to Claims Administrator “because the record is insufficient for de novo review” is...

You have seen this issue before: The court remands the ERISA-governed long term disability claim for further consideration by the claims administrator because the administrative record was insufficient for de novo review....more

No Coverage for the Cantankerous? The Ninth Circuit Goes "Retro" In Finding "No Disability"

In Weaving v. City of Hillsboro, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit waxed nostalgic by reversing a jury and lower court finding that a police officer with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) had a...more

Florida Court finds Workers' Compensation Statute Unconstitutional

Circuit Judge Jorge E. Cueto of the 11th Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida has found that Section 440.11 of Florida's Workers' Compensation Act (the "Act"), which makes the Act the "exclusive" remedy...more

Employers: Be Vigilant About ADA Compliance During the Hiring Process

While certain job duties may legitimately require that employers screen applicants and employees for medical conditions, organizations risk violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and incurring serious legal...more

HUD Announces Disability Income Fair Housing Conciliation Agreement

On August 13, HUD announced that a nonbank mortgage lender agreed to pay $104,000 to resolve allegations that the lender’s underwriting practices resulted in discrimination against mortgage applicants who rely on disability...more

Ugh! – Does this ADA Claim Make Me Look Fat?

We are all familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA prohibits discrimination based upon actual or perceived medical disabilities, and the ADA requires employers to accommodate employees with disabilities...more

District Court Allows ERISA Section 510 Retaliation Claim to Proceed

A federal district court in Pennsylvania concluded that Irene Najmola, a former employee of Chester County Hospital, sufficiently pled a retaliation claim under ERISA section 510 by alleging that her employment was terminated...more

Empire State High: New York Joins Ranks of States Legalizing Medical Marijuana Use. But What Does This Mean For Employers?

New York's Compassionate Care Act, enacted on July 7, 2014, places New York in the company of 22 other states and the District of Columbia who permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Important for employers, the law...more

ADAAA Expanded Ability of Parents to Take FMLA Leave for Disabled Adult Son or Daughter

Human resource professionals occasionally receive requests from employees to take FMLA leave to care for an adult son or daughter with an alleged serious health condition. Some of the most frequent requests involve FMLA time...more

Post on Personal Facebook Page May Violate the ADA

A recent federal court decision underscores the importance of ADA compliance and medical confidentiality. In this case, an employer could end up being liable because an employee posted confidential medical information...more

Work A Full Eight Hours? That's Not In My Job Description!

According to the EEOC, healthcare employers are disproportionately represented in the ranks of those sued for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Baptist Health South Florida, Inc. recently became one of...more

Businesses Around the United States Being Targeted for Alleged Inaccessible Websites

While plaintiff's lawyers have been busy the past two years filing lawsuits around the United States alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) related to physical barriers—including a wave of class...more

How The ADA Impacts Your Hiring

Most employers understand their fundamental obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to protect against disability discrimination and to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified disabled employees,...more

How To Handle Insufficient Medical Documentation in Support of an Employee’s Disability Accommodation Request

Workplace accommodation issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can be tricky to navigate especially if the employee’s supporting medical documentation is insufficient. This often occurs in situations where the...more

Student Can Be Eligible For Special Education With Both A Specific Learning Disability And Other Health Impairment At The Same...

In E. M. v. Pajaro Valley Unified School District (July 15, 2014) No. 12-15743, the Ninth Circuit recently held that a student with an auditory processing disorder could be eligible for special education and related services...more

Alleging panic attacks due to mistreatment at work, employee’s HRTO application dismissed for duplicating court action

Employees may not raise the same human rights issue before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the courts, a recent HRTO decision confirms. The employee had commenced a court action in which he claimed that he was...more

A Lesson on the ADA: Engaging in Good Faith in the Interactive Process is Essential

Understanding the mandates of the Americans with Disabilities Act and similar state and local laws is easy: employers cannot discriminate against individuals with disabilities. However, navigating the reasonable accommodation...more

Recent EEOC Guidance Calls for Reasonable Accommodation of Normal Pregnancy

In July 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) took the position, in controversial Enforcement Guidance, that the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) requires employers to treat women with normal...more

‘Steering Clear of ADA Drive-By Lawsuits’: Three Tips For Better Managing ADA-Related Risk

When I defend Virginia property owners in lawsuits involving the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), certain plaintiffs greet me warmly as I walk up to depose them. Why? Because we have seen each other so many times we are...more

Intervention Generally Not Permitted After Final Judgment

In this trust litigation case, the Attorney General of Delaware sought to intervene in a case involving a charitable trust providing for children with physical disabilities in the State of Delaware. In 2004, additional...more

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