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Fifth Circuit Finds Attendance to be Essential Job Function

In recent years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has taken the position that regular job attendance may not be an essential job function under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under the ADA, employers are...more

“Waive” Goodbye to Employer Liability Under the ADA for Voluntary Accommodations of Essential Job Functions

An employer faces a difficult situation when a temporarily disabled employee who cannot perform his or her essential job functions requests an accommodation. This situation becomes significantly more complicated when the...more

FedEx Cannot Exclude Diabetic Applicant From Mechanic Position Based on Need to Test Drive Trucks

The Americans with Disabilities Act contains a provision allowing exclusion of disabled persons from jobs when their medical condition contradicts federal licensing requirements. In practice, this exclusion has applied most...more

N.D. of Texas – Attendance is an Essential Job Function

The Northern District of Texas has issued a fantastic opinion for employers concerning a recurring question under the ever evolving Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Specifically, whether attendance can be an essential...more

Fifth Circuit Issues First of Several Pro-Employee Decisions: ADA Accommodations Need not Relate to Essential Job Functions

The Fifth Circuit, which covers federal district courts from Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, has been busy recently issuing decisions in the employment law arena. Surprisingly, many of these decisions from this...more

Recent ADA Decision Might Signal Broadening of the ADA’s Accommodation Provisions

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are not limited to job modifications that enable an employee to perform essential job...more

“Essential Functions” Under the ADA Can Include Job Functions that are Infrequently Performed

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires covered employers generally to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities. The ADA provides, however, that the employee must be able to...more

Employer’s Judgment About What Constitutes an Essential Job Function Carries Substantial Weight

Is being licensed to drive a commercial vehicle an “essential function” of a warehouse manager’s position, even though that manager rarely is required to drive? According to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, that answer...more

Employer Has No Obligation to Provide “Light Duty” Assignment Under FMLA or ADA

Employers often assign light duty to employees who are returning to work after recuperating from illnesses or injuries. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has held, however, that neither the Family and Medical Leave Act...more

Rarely Performed Duties May Still Be Essential

Even a rarely performed job function may still be "essential" under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently ruled in Wardia v. Department of Juvenile Justice. ...more

Permanent “Light-Duty” Position Not Reasonable Accommodation for Disabled Employee Under the ADA

In an unpublished opinion, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld the dismissal of a case in favor of an employer who refused to convert a temporary light-duty position into a permanent job for a disabled...more

Employee’s Request to Move from Rotating Shift to Straight Shift not a “Reasonable Accommodation” under the ADA

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently addressed an issue of concern frequently raised by employers: whether allowing an employee to move from rotating shifts to straight daytime work is a required “reasonable...more

An Indefinite Exemption From The Essential Functions Of A Job Is Not A Reasonable Accommodation Under The ADA

An issue that confounds employers on a regular basis is whether the discharge of an employee who is unable to return to work after a medical leave will violate the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Most employers...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - January 07, 2011

In this issue: California Employer Allowed to Pursue Defamation Action Against Protesting Employees; Payroll Company Not an Employer Under the California Labor Code or FLSA; PAGA Claims On The Rise – Suitable Seating Just...more

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