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Department of Education Closes 2014 with Prolific Guidance

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) was busy the last quarter of 2014, issuing guidance on six issues, plus another already in 2015. The Dear Colleague Letters (DCL), Frequently Asked Questions, and Fact Sheets provide an...more

Jury in EEOC Suit Says Old Dominion Freight Line Must Pay Former Driver $119,612 for Disability Bias

Trucking Company Fired Pickup and Delivery Driver Who Self-Reported Alcohol Abuse, Federal Agency Charged - FORT SMITH, Ark. -- A federal jury has found that Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., a trucking company...more

Who is “Disabled” under ABLE?

The recently-enacted federal ABLE statute provides a long-awaited vehicle for tax-exempt investing to meet future disability-related expenses of disabled individuals. Although new Section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code is...more

10 Steps to Hiring Without Violating Disability Discrimination Laws

Regardless of whether a job applicant has an apparent disability, employers should always follow these 10 steps to reduce the risk of liability for running afoul of the anti-discrimination provisions of the ADA or the FEHA....more

ERISA: 4th Circuit: When Is A Plan Administrator Obligated To Obtain Medical Records?

You already know that the primary responsibility for providing medical proof of disability undoubtedly rests with the claimant. But does the plan administrator sometimes have an obligation to obtain medical records and...more

The need for actual medical evidence in disability cases

Employers frequently call with concerns about employees who self disclose an alleged disabling condition that is not readily apparent, and who claim substantial limitations as a result. The employer’s concerns center on when...more

Baker Wellness Center Illegaly Fired Employee Because of Disability, EEOC Claims in Lawsuit

Company Openly Stated in Termination Letter That It Fired Employee Due to'Medical Problems' After Learning of Her Diabetes, Federal Agency Charges NEW ORLEANS -- Baker Wellness Center, Inc., a Baton Rouge, La., area adult day...more

Sony to Pay $85,000 under Decree Resolving EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Electronics Giant Allegedly Engineered Firing of Employee Because of Her Prosthetic Leg - CHICAGO - Sony Electronics, Inc. will pay $85,000 under a consent decree entered in federal court today ending a lawsuit brought...more

PPD Ratings: Schedule of Weeks [Infographic]

For the loss or loss of use of the following member or vision in an eye, the employee is entitled to the corresponding number of weeks of permanent partial disability. If the employee has partial loss of use of that member...more

Federal Contractors are Reminded that the OFCCP's Updated Regulations Regarding Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are Now...

Last year, we alerted clients to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (“OFCCP”) new rules (click here to view the alert) impacting how contractors meet their affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations...more

Seeking SSD benefits for blindness

Blindness affects more than 1 million Americans over the age of 40, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The condition can introduce significant medical expenses and markedly restrict a person’s abilities. Many...more

Obesity can be a disability, ECJ confirms

Ben Gorner, a Partner in our Birmingham office, comments: As we reported in Be Aware on 1 July and 18 July, the ECJ was recently asked in the case of Kaltoft v Kommunernes Landsforening to consider whether obesity should be...more

CJEU Gives Opinion On Whether Obesity Is A Disability

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has held, in Karsten Kaltoft v Municipality of Billund, that obesity can constitute a disability for the purposes of EU discrimination law, albeit only where the requirements...more

Enactment Imminent for Section 529A Tax-Exempt Savings Programs for Disabled Beneficiaries

On December 16, 2014 the U.S. Senate approved the Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) legislation previously approved by the House, authorizing state-sponsored tax-exempt savings programs for disability-related...more

2014 EEOC Year In Review: Lots Of Action, Mixed Results

2014 has been a notable year for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The agency has initiated historic litigation, issued significant new guidance and signaled increased scrutiny of background checks and...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Whether Pension Board's Disability Finding is Preclusive in Employee Benefits Act...

In the closing days of its November term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide whether a pension board’s finding that an officer is disabled for pension purposes is preclusive of the employer’s liability for health...more

Perceived Disability Now Recognized Under Connecticut Law

On Monday December 8, 2014, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in the case of Mireille Derosiers v. Diageo North America, Inc. et al. holding that the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act (the...more

Using the SSA blue book to determine disability

Chicago residents who suffer from disabling conditions often think their impairments clearly qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. However, many SSD claims are denied because of the Social Security Administration’s...more

Epilepsy may qualify for Social Security Disability

About 1 in 26 Americans will be diagnosed with epilepsy at some point, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The condition currently affects 2.3 million Americans, including many Chicago residents....more

Employer’s Super Anti-Harassment Policy May Increase Its Liability

A federal court in Connecticut recently concluded that a fired employee could have a valid disability harassment claim based on statements prohibiting all harassment contained in the employer’s personnel manual. The company...more

What is the Illinois Public Employee Disability Act?

The Illinois Public Employee Disability Act was passed in 1997 to protect public employees who face dangerous conditions in the line of duty. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5.6 out of 100 public employees...more

ABLE Accounts for Disabled Individuals – Senate is Now ABLE to Act

On December 3, 2014, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would allow qualifying disabled persons to establish tax-free savings accounts similar to 529 plans to pay for a host of expenses, including, but not...more

Employment Law 101: Americans with Disabilities Act

Who does it apply to: The law applies to all employers with 15 or more employees. What is the issue: It is against the law to discriminate against an employee or a prospective employee based on a disability the person...more

CFPB highlights alleged credit reporting errors relating to discharged student loans of disabled veterans

In a new blog post, the CFPB provides credit reporting advice to service-disabled veterans who take advantage of federal student loan forgiveness available from the Department of Education for veterans who receive a 100...more

What Do I Do If I've Been Overpaid Unemployment Benefits?

A lot of times in workers’ comp cases, someone is out of work because of their work injury but are not getting workers’ comp disability compensation, either because the case has been denied or because the insurance company...more

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