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ADA and Batman - by Robin

Recently, Ben Affleck stepped down from directing the new Batman movie to focus on his recovery following recent treatment for alcoholism. His reason for stepping down was due to his belief that he was unable to give the...more

Needle and the Damage Done: Pharmacist’s Phobia Not Enough for ADA Claim

Can fear of an aspect of your job constitute a disability under the ADA? Depends on how essential the function is. In Stevens v. Rite Aid Corp, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals looked at the case of a Rite Aid pharmacist,...more

Is it a Gamble for Employers to Permit Office Pools During March Madness?

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will bet a total of $10.4 billion on March Madness brackets, pools and contests this year, an increase of approximately 13% from last year. While estimates vary, some...more

Managing the Employment Relationship in Ontario

What state-specific laws govern the employment relationship? The Employment Standards Act, 2000, sets out most of the minimum employment standards for provincially regulated workplaces in Ontario....more

Regulatory comments due in March & other housing news updates

Comments on the following HUD and housing related guidance are due this month. HOTMA implementation for Section 8 Voucher Programs – Due March 20, 2017 - On January 18, 2017, HUD issued a proposed rule to implement...more

New Image Building Services to Pay $16,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Cleaning Company Discharged Employee Because of His Scoliosis, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - A privately owned Mt. Clemens, Mich.-based company that provides cleaning services for corporate clients in commercial...more

Recruitment and Wage and Hour Law in Ontario

What are the requirements relating to advertising positions? In accordance with Ontario’s accessibility legislation, advertisements should note that employers will provide accommodations during the hiring process for...more

February 2017: The 12 Biggest Labor And Employment Law Stories

The world of labor and employment law is always evolving at a rapid pace, leading us to summarize a few of the most significant cases from the previous month. February 2017 was another month that saw dramatic developments,...more

Supreme Court Update: Life Technologies Corp. V. Promega Corp. (14-1538), Fry V. Napoleon Community Schools (15-497), Buck V....

Greetings, Court Fans! Last time we hit your inboxes, Barack Obama was President. To call the ensuing month eventful is something of an understatement. We've seen a primetime Supreme Court nomination, a flood of...more

These Three Key FMLA and ADA Resources Will Help You Conquer the World

If you have any interest in vastly improving your FMLA and ADA mojo, here are three can’t miss resources you need to make part of your professional reading and education each spring: 1. Review the ABA’s Report of 2016...more

Supreme Court Rules that Title II and Section 504 Claims Can Proceed to Court Without Exhausting IDEA Administrative Process If...

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Supreme Court has clarified IDEA’s exhaustion requirement to allow claims brought on behalf of IDEA eligible students to proceed directly in court unless the “gravamen” of the complaint seeks relief...more

The “D” in the ADA Still Exists, Court of Appeals Reminds Us

In 2009, Congress passed the Americans With Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA), unquestionably expanding the definition of a disability under the ADA and, for all practical purposes in most cases, shifting the focus of...more

Something We Said? Court Backs Off Accommodation Duty For Associational Disability

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Court of Appeal, on rehearing, has superseded a 2016 decision that employers must reasonably accommodate work restrictions because of the disabilities of the employee’s associates. The superseding...more

New Law Expands the Duties of a Guardian of a Ward’s Person

The addition of subsection (g) to 755 ILCS 5/11a-17, effective January 1, 2017, expanded the rights of family members of a legally disabled adult (a “ward”) and added to the duties of a guardian of the ward’s person. Absent...more

Labor and Employment Regulations Potentially Affected by Trump Regulatory Freeze

The Trump administration's "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review" (Freeze Memo) instructs the heads of federal executive departments and agencies to send no regulation to the Office of Federal Register (OFR) until a presidential...more

Your property was hit with an ADA lawsuit – now what?

Over the last couple of years, Florida has seen a proliferation of lawsuits alleging violations of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Many of the cases are filed by “serial” filers – plaintiffs that...more

Let’s Talk: The Interactive Process Between Employer and Employee

An employer who is asked for a job accommodation by an employee with a disability is required to take part in what is called the interactive process under both the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the New...more

Canada: Ontario Human Rights Commission Releases Policy Statement on Medical Documentation and Disability-Related Accommodation...

On February 1, 2017, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (the “Commission”) released a new policy statement on medical documentation and disability-related accommodation requests. Under the Ontario Human Rights Code (the...more

New voluntary self-ID (disability) form is now available

On January 31, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced that the voluntary self-identification form for individuals with disabilities has been renewed through 2020. The renewed form remains the same with...more

Puerto Rico Issues Comprehensive Labor Law Reform

On January 26, 2017, Puerto Rico’s Governor, Ricardo Roselló, signed into law the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (the “Act”). The Act represents the first significant and comprehensive labor law reform to occur in...more

ERISA: Fibromyalgia – “[D]iagnosis is not the automatic equivalent to a finding of disability.”

Fibromyalgia cases often are difficult to assess in determining eligibility for benefits. But the mere diagnosis of a condition (like fibromyalgia) is not enough to qualify for disability benefits under most policy...more

Additional Information for Implementing the Renewed Disability Self-ID Form

Seyfarth Synopsis: Federal Contractors should immediately update the Disability Self-ID Form to include the new expiration date. The OFCCP is allowing a 10-day grace period, until February 10th to update the form. Last...more

Tenth Circuit Rejects EEOC Position on Retroactive Accommodation of Performance Issues

For years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and federal courts have acknowledged that employers do not have to excuse employee disciplinary violations because the employee later attributes such conduct to a...more

OMB Renews Disability Self-ID Form Required for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

Seyfarth Synopsis: On January 31, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) renewed the disability self-ID form. The form was set to expire at the end of business, however, OMB’s action extends the self-ID form’s...more

Disability Self-ID form approved for another 3 years

As some of you may have noticed, the current OMB approval for the required disability self-identification form expired January 31, 2017.  On the eve of its expiration, OMB approved the form for another three years – until...more

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