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Long-Term Shift of Essential Job Functions May Remove Them as Mandatory Qualifications

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) only requires employers to provide accommodations that allow the disabled employee or applicant to perform the essential functions of the job. The employer is not required to shift or...more

EEOC Increases Scrutiny of Employer Actions Taken Against Prescription Drug Users

Prescription drug abuse has made national news in the last few years. In March 2016, President Obama noted that “prescription opioid abuse and [the] heroin epidemic claims the lives of tens of thousands of Americans each...more

Labor and Employment Group News: Stop Talking to Yourself: Your Employee's Obligation to Engage in the “Interactive Process” When...

Legal counsel for companies have long emphasized the importance of engaging in the “interactive process” in dealing with an employee’s request for an accommodation for a disability. We also advise that the accommodation must...more

EEOC Sues East Coast Labor Solutions for Disability and National Origin Discrimination

Staffing Agency Discriminated Against Latino Workers Who Were Recruited With Promise of Good Pay, Federal Agency Charges - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - An Alabama temporary staffing firm violated federal law by subjecting Latino...more

“Weight Watchers”— Weight Discrimination in the Workplace

Seyfarth Synopsis: ‘Tis the season of food temptation: the average American gains at least five pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. California employers need to beware of weight discrimination in the fluctuating...more

ADA/FEHA Interactive Process Issues – Debate Over Doctor’s Notes

I recently participated in a panel discussion about ADA/FEHA reasonable accommodation and interactive process issues for the LA County Bar Association. I presented on a panel with a plaintiff’s attorney and a disability...more

Legalization of Medical Marijuana – Now what?

Generally speaking, state marijuana laws fall into three categories: (1) legalization (laws that make the possession or use of marijuana legal); (2) marijuana decriminalization (laws that reduce criminal penalties for...more

Employer Had Implied Knowledge of Employee's Need for ADA Reasonable Accommodation

Since the inception of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has taken the position that employees can trigger the Act’s reasonable accommodation obligations without having to ask...more

What’s an “Implied” Request for an ADA Reasonable Accommodation?

Seyfarth Synopsis: A divided panel of the Eighth Circuit recently decided that an employer may be required to assume or infer from the circumstances that an employee is seeking a reasonable accommodation – even when no...more

Do Employers Need to Accommodate if the Employee Does Not Ask?

Most employers are aware of their obligation to explore reasonable disability accommodations when an employee asks for such a measure. But, what if the employee never asks? A new decision out of the United States Court of...more

Telework Under The ADA & Other Nondiscrimination Laws

A workforce that adheres to a traditional work style, or a consistent eight-hour workday in the same location – with no offsite work or interaction with business colleagues or customers – is increasingly becoming a relic in...more

A Look Through The Crystal Ball: The EEOC’s Updated 2017-2021 Strategic Enforcement Plan

Seyfarth Synopsis: On October 17, 2016, the EEOC unveiled its updated Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”) for Fiscal Years 2017-2021. It ought to be required reading for every employer and their executive teams. The New...more

Zika Concerns Highlight Need for Employer Planning

As temperatures in the Northeast cool, and the mosquito population disappears until spring, the Zika virus may no longer be on the minds of those who live and work in Pennsylvania. Given that cases of Zika continue to be...more

To Accommodate or not to Accommodate: How to Know if Your Employee Actually Requested a Reasonable Accommodation

A divided federal appeals court recently reminded employers that an employee’s request for a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) need not be explicit in order to invoke the interactive...more

Eighth Circuit Rules That Sleep Apnea Testing Does Not Violate Disabilities Act

On October 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, which hears appeals from federal courts in Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, ruled that a trucking company did...more

Eighth Circuit Upholds Trucking Company's Sleep Study Requirement Based on Driver BMI

On October 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit found in favor of a large transportation employer’s driver sleep study testing requirement in a lawsuit challenging the practice under the Americans with...more

[Event] Evolving Workplace Issues and Dynamics - Are You Ready? - Seminar and Reception - November 10th, Melbourne, FL

Half-Day Seminar Hosted by South Brevard SHRM and FordHarrison SBSHRM and FordHarrison are partnering for a fantastic half-day event at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club. This event will be held in place of SBSHRM's usual luncheon...more

EEOC Releases Formal Guidance on Unlawful Retaliatory Conduct in the Workplace

After an extended public comment period, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”)—which is charged with enforcing federal employment discrimination laws—recently issued its final Enforcement Guidance on...more

District Court Decision Upholds Employer’s Wellness Program But Signals Support for EEOC Positions Going Forward

In EEOC v. Orion Energy Systems, Inc., the Eastern District of Wisconsin rejected the EEOC’s claims that Orion Energy’s wellness program violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Although the court upheld the...more

One Expensive Bottle of Orange Juice: Denial of a $1.69 Orange Juice Costs Dollar General $277,565 in Back Pay and Damages

On September 16, 2016, a Tennessee jury awarded Linda Atkins, a former Dolgencorp LLC (“Dollar General” or the “Company”) Sales Associate, $277,565 in back pay and compensatory damages after being fired for drinking orange...more

EEOC Guidelines Provide a Confusing Roadmap to Investigating Retaliation Claims

Employers have been warned time and time again – retaliation claims are on the rise.  With the number of these claims climbing, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued its Final Enforcement Guidance...more

Compensation and Benefits Insights – September 2016

New Guidance Affects Wellness Program Design - Over the last several months, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) have provided additional guidance regarding the...more

EEOC Sues Legendary Baking For Disability Discrimination

Federal Agency Says Food Service Company Denied Long-Term Employee Accommodations, Then Fired and Failed to Rehire Her Because of Her Disability - CHICAGO - American Blue Ribbons Holding, LLC, dba Legendary Baking,...more

The Rio Olympics and the Zika Virus: Guidance for Employers

The Olympics in Rio have been a huge success for American athletes, but the games have also brought some hazards. U.S. Swimmer, Ryan Lochte, was mugged at gunpoint and other athletes have dealt with any number of...more

EEOC Sues Hospital Over Flu Shot Dispute

In its continuing effort to press employers to accommodate workers under a variety of circumstances, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently sued a Massachusetts hospital over its flu shot policy. The June...more

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