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Recent EEOC guidance to employees under the ADA, PDA and Title VII provides useful information to employers, too!

The EEOC has recently issued guidance addressing a variety of issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. What is unique about this recent...more

McNees Labor Seminar Wrap-Up: The EEOC Issues Guidance on Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation

Just as the Commonwealth Court seemed to know we would be discussing the work-relatedness of injuries that occur on an employer’s premises, so too did the EEOC anticipate our presentation entitled “Your Leave is Giving Me a...more

New EEOC Guidance on Leave Imposes Greater Obligations on Employers

Employers must consider providing unpaid leave and giving priority to disabled employees who want to be re-assigned under new guidance from the EEOC last month. In the new EEOC Guidance available here “Employer-Provided Leave...more

Research Opens a Door for Disability Policy

One of the challenges of policy making is that bills must go before the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). CBO has one of the toughest jobs in Washington. Their job is to dispassionately look at policy and evaluate the cost...more

On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, DOJ Releases Agenda Indicating Progress in 2016; Omits Title III

This morning, on Global Accessibility Awareness Day, DOJ participated by issuing its Spring 2016 unified agenda, including upcoming regulatory actions on web accessibility and movie captioning. AA65: State and Local...more

EEOC Releases New Guidance on Unpaid Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has released new guidance on unpaid leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). The guidance, issued on May 9, 2016, makes clear...more

EEOC Clarifies Employer-Provided Leave as ADA Accommodation

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a new resource document addressing the rights of employees with disabilities who seek leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with...more

Maryland Employers May Now Grant a Hiring and Promotion Preference to Veterans

Maryland joins the growing list of states (23 states in the past two years) that have enacted laws giving preference in hiring to honorably discharged veterans. Private employers have been hesitant to favor veterans because...more

EEOC Issues New Resource Document Addressing Issues Related to Leave and Disability

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued a new resource document that addresses the rights of employees with disabilities who seek leave as a reasonable accommodation under the...more

Is Obesity a Disability Under the ADA Not Without Physical Impairment Eighth Circuit Rules

Obesity does not meet the definition of a “disability” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for either the discrimination or “regarded as” provisions of the statute, a panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals...more

Morbid Obesity Must Have Physiological Cause to Gain ADA Protection

Since the Americans with Disabilities Act was adopted, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has considered morbid obesity to fall within the definition of a protected disability. Earlier this month, the Eighth Circuit...more

Courts Cut the Fat, Clarify When Obesity is a Disability Under the ADA

The ADA prohibits discrimination based upon actual or perceived medical disabilities and requires employers to accommodate employees with disabilities subject to certain exceptions. The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 effectively...more

Obesity Alone as a Disability? Slim Chance, Says Eighth Circuit

A memorable scene from the dark comedy “In Bruges” features a clash between a disgraced Irish assassin, played by Colin Farrell, and three portly American tourists after Farrell’s character warns them not to climb the narrow...more

Eleventh Circuit Recognizes Pregnancy Complications as ADA Disability, but Says Employer Does Not Have to Waive Mandatory Overtime

The Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act significantly broadened the definition of protected disabled individuals under federal antidiscrimination law. In subsequent rules implementing ADAAA, the Equal Employment...more

Obesity Not A Disability Without An Underlying Medical Cause

In June of last year, we pondered whether obesity is a mere physical characteristic or a disability protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as now amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act...more

All in the Family: California Court Holds Employers Have to Accommodate Disability of Employee's Family Member

A California Court of Appeal for the first time has decided that an employer has a duty to reasonably accommodate an applicant or employee who is associated with a disabled person who needs the employee’s assistance. This...more

Question #274: Opining on Obesity

Question: We have a large meat processing facility in Northern Minnesota. We were recently hiring for one of our positions in the plant requiring work with large mechanical equipment. Because we consider this position to be...more

Eighth Circuit Holds That Obesity That Is Not Caused By an Underlying Physiological Condition Is Not a Covered “Impairment” Under...

In Morriss v. BNSF Railway Company, the Eighth Circuit recently held that obesity that is not caused by an underlying physiological condition is not a covered “impairment” for purposes of the Americans with Disabilities Act...more

What is a Permanent Partial Disability Award?

After an employee returns to work after time off from a work-related injury, an employer may be tempted to believe they are off the hook for future payments. Many employers, however, are surprised to find that several months...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - February 2016

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update includes the recently signed U.S.-Mexico bilateral agreement that liberalizes air services between the two countries, new Cuba-related regulations loosening...more

Do Work Related Injuries Have an Impact on Future Earnings?

A recent study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, “Economic Consequences of Workplace Injuries in the United States: Findings from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth focused on the long term...more

Canadian Employment News Series - January 2016: Top 10 Canadian Employment Law Cases of 2015

With 2015 now behind us and our sights set on 2016, we have compiled the following list of ten significant Canadian employment law cases from 2015. This roundup is a cross-section of decisions from across the country,...more

Don't Get Lost in the Weeds: Medical Marijuana is Now Legal in New York

On January 6, 2016, the Commissioner of Health of the State of New York certified that the medical marijuana program established by New York’s Compassionate Care Act could be implemented in accordance with public health and...more

Federal Court Finds Employee’s Explanation for Failed Drug Test Insufficient to Provide Notice of a Disability

Most employers are well aware that, under state and federal disability laws, an employee with a disability is entitled to reasonable accommodations in the workplace. What can sometimes be less clear for employers is...more

Fifth Circuit Upholds ERISA Disability and Life Benefit Denials

In two decisions issued last month, the Fifth Circuit upheld ERISA plan denials of disability and life benefits, confirming its deferential approach in most ERISA benefit cases....more

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