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Website Accessibility Regulations Delayed Again! (For At Least Three Years!!)

In a surprise announcement with major repercussions for businesses and their websites, on November 19, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced in its Fall 2015 Statement of Regulatory Priorities that it is delaying—by at...more

ABLE Programs and Beneficiaries Boosted by Helpful Guidance from IRS and Social Security Administration

The Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act), one of the few recent examples of bipartisan cooperation on a new category of tax and budget expenditure, is both well-intentioned in its...more

DOL Issues Proposed Revisions to Disability Plan Claims Regulations

The Department of Labor published proposed changes to its regulations governing disability claims and appeals in the Federal Register on November 18, 2015, and invited comments. The stated purpose of the proposed changes is...more

Employment Law Update - ADA with a side of FMLA: A Cornucopia of Legal Issues

Mixing the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family Medical Leave Act can result in a smorgasbord of legal issues for many employers. While determining whether an employee has a qualifying serious health condition...more

Jury Sides with FedEx in ADA Failure to Accommodate Case

For those of you who think the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) means you have to do whatever a disabled employee wants, I bring good news from of all sources, a jury in California. This case had it all—an employee...more

Betriebliches Eingliederungsmanagement (BEM) vor krankheitsbedingter Kündigung

Sind Arbeitnehmer innerhalb eines Jahres länger als sechs Wochen ununterbrochen oder wiederholt arbeitsunfähig erkrankt, muss der Arbeitgeber nach § 84 Abs. 2 SGB IX klären, wie die Arbeitsunfähigkeit überwunden und wie der...more

Employers Need to Consider Accommodation Requests Made at Any Time During a Disabled Employee’s Employment

Can an employer simply ignore a request by a disabled employee for an accommodation made in a meeting that could lead to the employee’s termination? A recent federal case from Wisconsin says no. In the case, the former...more

Employers and medical marijuana: Are California's anti-drug policies up in smoke?

What’s an employer to do when faced with employees using marijuana in or out of the workplace? How should employers respond to employees who use or possess marijuana legally under California law? How does such use or...more

Canada introduces accessibility laws

Convinced that a comprehensive and integral international convention to promote and protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities will make a significant contribution to redressing the profound social...more

New York State Adds Protected Classifications and Remedies for Workplace Discrimination

The new laws are designed to protect equality for female employees in New York State; Governor also proposes regulations that would extend protections to transgender employees. On October 21, New York Governor Andrew...more

DAP Products Sued By EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Construction Products Manufacturer Fired Capable Worker Because of Cancer, Federal Agency Charged - DALLAS - DAP Products, Inc., a Dallas-based business and a leading manufacturer of home repair and construction...more

Employee Health Information: Separate and Secure

There are several reasons an employer might have employee health information, ranging from the results of a pre-employment physical to the contents of a request for FMLA leave to what’s written in a health provider’s note...more

U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Recent Complaint Filings and Trends

The end of the federal government fiscal year (September 30) always produces a flurry of activity from the EEOC, and this year was no different. Of the 157 lawsuits filed by the EEOC in fiscal year 2015, approximately 62 of...more

Accessibility Laws Take Effect January 1

New Ontario Accessibility Laws Take Effect January 1 - Private sector compliance deadlines under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act are fast-approaching. For large organizations (50 or more employees),...more

After He Allegedly Showed Up Drunk to Practice, Should Former USC Football Coach Steve Sarkisian Have Been Placed on FMLA Leave...

A question was posed to me on Twitter this past week: Shouldn’t former University of Southern California (USC) football coach Steve Sarkisian have been placed on FMLA leave to get treatment for apparent alcoholism instead of...more

When is an Employee’s Disability a Factor in his Dismissal?

On June 30, 2015, the Court of Appeal of Alberta released its decision in Stewart v Elk Valley Coal Corporation, 2015 ABCA 225 (“Stewart”) and clarifying what constitutes discrimination. In Stewart, the employer...more

Alcoholism and how USC may have violated ADA by firing Steve Sarkisian

On October 12, 2015, Steve Sarkisian was fired as head coach of the University of Southern California (USC) football team. While USC contends Sarkisian was fired for “cause,” there is no question that his alcohol-related...more

Coming Soon to a Workplace Near You: AODA Employment Standards

All organizations with 50 or more employees in Ontario will be required to comply with the accessible employment standards made under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 starting on January 1, 2016....more

Tax Deductions and Credits for People with Disabilities and Their Families

If you or your spouse have a disability, or if you care for a dependent with a disability, you may be able to qualify for one or more tax credits and deductions. Here is a description of some of the more common ones...more

Alcoholic employee reinstated after employer’s compassionate approach put in question seriousness of previous warnings

There is an old, and somewhat cynical saying, that no good deed goes unpunished. While I personally disagree with that saying, one employer must believe it after a decision it received. In the case, an adjudicator...more

Quirky Question #267: An Equine Accommodation?

Question: Our employee regularly uses a service dog in our office, which helps him with stability and maintaining balance around the office, which can be challenging for him due to several medical conditions he has. However,...more

ADA Suit Not Precluded By State Agency Decision

A district court improperly granted summary judgment to an employer defending against a claim of disability discrimination where the district court relied too heavily on the state agency’s finding that an employee failed to...more

Emory University Hospital Sued By EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Hospital Failed to Provide a Reasonable Accommodation to an Employee After Emergency Surgery, Federal Agency Charges - ATLANTA - Emory University Hospital, which operates in midtown Atlanta, violated federal law by...more

EEOC Sues Day & Zimmermann NPS for Unlawful Retaliation over Discrimination Charge

Power Industry Contractor Punished Worker for Filing Disability Bias Charge, Federal Agency Asserts - BOSTON -- Day & Zimmermann NPS, a provider of staffing services to the power industry, unlawfully retaliated against a...more

New Protection For Pregnant Employees

For decades, the Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act has protected pregnant employees from termination or other adverse job action on account of pregnancy. Now, the Rhode Island General Assembly has taken pregnancy...more

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