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Navigating complex post-pregnancy leave and restrictions

When Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medial Leave Act (FMLA), it considered them as needed protections for clear-cut situations. For...more

Being “Qualified” Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Being Able to Perform “Essential Functions” of Job

Back in September 2013, I reported on a seemingly never-ending case of Tomick v. UPS and mentioned that it was headed to its second appeal at the Connecticut Appellate Court. (I talked about the history of the case and the...more

The Ever-Broadening Definition of “Disability” Under the ADA Remains a Source of Anxiety for Employers

A recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (the federal appeals court that covers Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, and South Carolina) reconfirms what many employers have long...more

Quirky Question #259, The FMLA and the ADA: Joined at the Hip

Question: I work in my company’s HR department and we just had an employee ask for additional time off, even though we’ve already given the employee a bunch of time off we are required to under the FMLA. I wanted to...more

The ‘interactive process’ for handling work restrictions during pregnancy

Our first segments in our six-part series on pregnancy in the workplace focused on how the ADA, FMLA and PDA apply in the workplace to employees before, during, and after pregnancy and child birth. In this segment, we narrow...more

Caltrans Liable for Failure to Properly Address Employee’s Requests for Accommodation

Kamali v. California Department of Transportation, No. B247756 (March 17, 2015): In an unpublished opinion, the California Court of Appeal recently upheld a jury’s verdict finding the California Department of Transportation...more

Employers Beware in Race Discrimination Cases

Several recent cases highlight the fact that employers should think twice before failing to properly address a Title VII complaint. Failing to do so may result in their winding up in a jury trial. That fact is most recently...more

EEOC Proposed Rule on Wellness and the Americans with Disabilities Act – What Employers Need to Know

The employer community has been waiting for years to receive guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on wellness programs and how an employer’s obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act intersect...more

JAMS Employment Matters Newsletter, Spring 2015

In This Issue: - You Can’t Fire Me... I’m on FMLA - The Rise in Pregnancy-Related Employment Discrimination Claims - Addressing Emotions That Drive Disparate Views of Fairness - Unpaid Interns Gain...more

More for Employers to Be Anxious About Under the ADAAA

In 2008, Congress enacted the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), which expanded the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991 (“ADA”). Congress passed the ADAAA with the express intent of counteracting several Supreme Court...more

“Light Duty” Work Assignments in Doubt: Supreme Court Adopts New Pregnancy Discrimination Standard Affecting Manufacturers

The United States Supreme Court issued its much anticipated decision in Young v. United Parcel Service, (U.S. Sup. Ct., March 24, 2015), in which the Court set forth a new standard for litigating pregnancy discrimination...more

Helmerich & Payne to Pay $59,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Company Made Illegal Medical Inquiries and Violated Confidentiality Requirements, Federal Agency Charged - TULSA, Okla. - Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (H&P), a Tulsa-based drilling contractor, will pay a former employee...more

ADA “Direct Threat” Defense Just Got a Little Easier

The rights and protections afforded to those with disabilities by the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) are not without limitations. Accommodations for disabled employees must be reasonable, and the employee must still...more

Reasonable, Not Perfect, Efforts Required to Avoid Having Constructive Knowledge of an Employee's Disability

What happened? Under the Equality Act 2010, employers are required to make reasonable adjustments where they know, or "ought reasonably to know", that an employee has a disability. This is commonly referred to as actual or...more

EEOC Issues Proposed Wellness Program Amendments to ADA Regulations

On April 16, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued long-awaited proposed regulations addressing what constitutes permissive employer wellness programs. While the EEOC recognizes that many employers...more

Howard University Will Pay $35,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

University Refused to Hire Qualified Applicant for Security Officer Position Because of His Diabetes, Federal Agency Charged - WASHINGTON - Howard University, a historically black university in the District of...more

Supervisor’s “Smoking Gun” Comments Keep ADA Claim Alive

A recent case out of New York reminds employers of the serious impact that off-the-cuff comments can have, especially when they take place during an employee’s termination. A couple of statements uttered by a supervisor,...more

EEOC Issues Long-Awaited Wellness Program Rules

Late last week, the EEOC released the proposed rules on wellness programs for employers. These long-awaited proposed rules will likely be adopted in full by this summer, after the public has 60 days to submit comments....more

Applying for Other Jobs Kills an Employee's Stress-related Reasonable Accommodation Claim

A Southern District of Texas court recently issued an opinion which shows that an employee may take actions during a leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) which preclude any future reasonable accommodation claim...more

Will EEOC’s New Wellness Regs Make You Sick?

The EEOC has broadcast proposed regulations on wellness programs. In short, the proposed regs attempt to reconcile Obamacare provisions encouraging wellness programs, the ADA’s approval of medical examinations that are truly...more

Thanks, Ford! Hard-Fought Win Against EEOC In ADA-Telecommuting Case Is Welcome News For All Employers

Last Friday, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit found in favor of Ford Motor Company in a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. ...more

Deceased Employee's ADA Claim Becomes Property of Estate

What happens when a plaintiff pursuing a disability discrimination claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act dies during administrative or judicial review? Are the claims of such a personal nature that they expire along...more

The ADA: A Far Cry From the ABCs

Qualified individuals, reasonable accommodations, undue hardship, fundamental alteration – these terms associated with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are a far cry from the simplicity of the ABCs, and cause much...more

Pregnancy Accommodation FAQs For Employers

What do employers need to know about the Supreme Court’s pregnancy accommodation decision last week in Young v. United Parcel Service?...more

All Bets Are Off: Employer Considerations for Workplace Gambling Policies

Did you make a wager on this year’s Super Bowl with a co-worker? Did you join the office NCAA tournament pool this year? The honest answer for many people is a resounding “yes.” Sports gambling is a big, and largely illegal,...more

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