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EEOC Filed More than 80 Lawsuits this Summer – Why Employers Should Pay Attention

by Baker Donelson on

Indeed, the EEOC filed far more than 80 lawsuits during July, August, and September 2017 – the last quarter of its fiscal year. Approximately 50 percent of those lawsuits targeted employers for alleged individual and, more...more

New Mexico Court Rules Employee Is Entitled To Nationwide Discovery In FMLA Case

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On October 10, 2017, Judge Ritter issued the Memorandum Opinion and Order which granted a former employee’s Motion to Compel and held that the former employee was entitled to information from the company’s nationwide offices...more

Federal Court Declines to Overturn $780,000 Jury Verdict in Favor of Employer’s Argument that Application for SSDI Trumps the ADA

by Baker Donelson on

In Van Rossum v. Baltimore County, Maryland, a jury awarded a community health inspector $250,000 in compensatory damages and $530,000 in back pay after deciding that her employer, Baltimore County, violated the ADA by...more

Accommodations Beyond ADA Requirements Can Backfire on Employers

The Americans with Disabilities Act does not require employers to always allow disabled people to return to the job. In order to claim protection under the law, the disabled employee must show that he or she can perform the...more

When Is Enough, Enough? Limiting Leave As A Reasonable Accommodation Under The ADA

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q: How long does an employer have to accommodate an employee’s disability in the form of a leave of absence? A: The law in most jurisdictions is unclear. In fact, in most jurisdictions, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey,...more

Seventh Circuit Provides Clarity on Leaves of Absence and the ADA

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that an employer's refusal to offer an employee a two- or three-month medical leave of absence following his exhaustion of his Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)...more

Seventh Circuit Holds Long-Term Leave is Not a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA

The Seventh Circuit recently held in Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc. that a long-term leave of absence, particularly one extending beyond the twelve weeks of leave guaranteed by the Family and Medical Leave Act...more

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals – Super Human Resource Department?

by Ruder Ware on

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (which addresses federal court cases brought in Wisconsin) has stated in the past that it does not intend to be a “super human resource department” for employers. Recent court decisions...more

Seventh Circuit Holds That Extension of A Medical Leave Is Not A Reasonable Accommodation

On September 20, 2017, the Seventh Circuit held that an extension of a medical leave more than a few days beyond the 12 weeks provided by the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) is not a reasonable accommodation under the...more

I-16 – Kneeling, Indefinite Leave, DC Updates, Non-Compete Consideration, and Pretty as a Protected Class

by Cozen O'Connor on

This episode discusses kneeling in the NFL/workplace, indefinite leave entitlement, and sufficient consideration for non-competes, provides an update from DC on OT exemptions and class action waivers, and questions whether...more

Accommodating Pregnancy Under State and Federal Law

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Laws requiring both public and private employers to accommodate their pregnant employees have become a trend over the past several years. Indeed, this past July, Massachusetts became the 22nd state, along with the District...more

The ADA: Four Issues To Watch In 2018

Last month, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Federal Bar Association about hot topics under the Americans with Disabilities Act with my blogging buddy Bill Goren, proprietor of the Understanding the ADA blog. If you...more

Make Sure You’re On Target When Using Direct Threat Defense

by Fisher Phillips on

An employer’s personnel decisions do not always have to be “correct” in order to avoid liability under most federal and state anti-discrimination laws. If you decide to terminate an employee for engaging in workplace...more

Courts Continue to Wrestle with Whether Long-Term Leave Can Be a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA

by FordHarrison on

Executive Summary: When an employee seeks leave as an accommodation for a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the decision regarding whether to grant or deny the request can be challenging....more

How Long is Too Long?? Seventh Circuit Sheds Light on Leave as Reasonable Accommodation

by Baker Donelson on

On September 20, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued an opinion addressing the most difficult question employers encounter when faced with a request for leave as an accommodation for a disability –...more

Seventh Circuit Rebukes EEOC—Extended Leave Is Not a Reasonable Accommodation under the ADA

by Blank Rome LLP on

In a victory for employers in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, the Seventh Circuit ruled recently that the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) does not require employers to give workers extended additional leave after...more

Tick, Tock….The EEOC Runs Out The Clock – Fiscal Year 2017 Marks A Last Minute Return To Frantic Filing

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With uncertain times and profound changes anticipated for the EEOC, employers anxiously await what enforcement litigation the EEOC has in store. Although 2016 showed a marked decline in filings, fiscal year...more

Extended Medical Leave Not A “Reasonable” Accommodation Under ADA, Court Says

This week, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that a “multimonth leave of absence is beyond the scope of a reasonable accommodation” under the Americans with Disabilities Act. ...more

Lengthy Leave of Absence Loses Reasonable Accommodation Status Under the ADA

As employers throughout the country know, what constitutes a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) can be a difficult and very fact-specific inquiry. Frequently, employers are faced with...more

Seventh Circuit Says Extended Medical Leave Is Not A Reasonable Accommodation Under The ADA

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On September 20, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that a requested three month medical leave due to a disability was not a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. Although there is some discussion...more

EEOC Sues St. Vincent Hospital for Disability Discrimination

Hospital Refused to Accommodate and Then Fired Employee Because of Her Lifting Restrictions, Federal Agency Charges - INDIANAPOLIS - St. Vincent Hospital violated federal law when it failed to transfer an employee to a...more

Seventh Circuit Holds That Multiple-Month Extended Leaves Are Not Reasonable Accommodations Under The ADA

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Because not all recoveries from medical conditions come in neat twelve-week packages, employers commonly need to address employees’ requests for additional leave after they have exhausted all leave afforded under the Family...more

Seventh Circuit Clarifies ADA Is Not A Leave Statute

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On September 20, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a significant opinion for employers in Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc., No. 15-3754 (7th Cir. Sept. 20, 2017), holding that “[t]he ADA is...more

Medical Marijuana 105: Marijuana in the Workplace

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

As you may recall from our first post in this series, medical marijuana in New York was legalized through the passage of the New York Compassionate Care Act (“CCA”) in 2014. The CCA also created new anti-discrimination...more

ADA Does Not Provide Medical Leave Entitlement To Worker Seeking Post-FMLA Leave, Seventh Circuit Holds

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In a significant ruling for employers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has held that a request for a two-to-three-month leave of absence is not a reasonable accommodation pursuant to the Americans with...more

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