Reasonable Accommodation Americans with Disabilities Act

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Arkansas Federal Court: Failure to Accommodate, in and of Itself, Violates the ADA

Despite the lack of a clear causal connection between an employer’s failure to grant an employee’s request for additional training and its decision to terminate her employment, an Arkansas federal district court recently...more

Breaks and Flexible Hours Not a Reasonable ADA Accommodation for Frequently Absent Employee, Court Holds

Employers can easily feel overwhelmed when it comes to enforcing employee attendance standards while providing reasonable accommodation to employees with chronic health conditions. Increasingly, however, court decisions such...more

One Bite, Two Apples: Third Circuit Confirms That Requests For Leave Under the FMLA Can Simultaneously Qualify As A Request For A...

The interplay between the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) is an area of confusion for most employers. This confusion is understandable as both statutes serve distinct...more

Let’s Talk: The Interactive Process Between Employer and Employee

An employer who is asked for a job accommodation by an employee with a disability is required to take part in what is called the interactive process under both the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the New...more

Accommodating Mental Health Conditions – The EEOC's Latest Guidance and Some Practical Tips for Complying with the ADA

Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act is not an easy task. Even if an employer does the document dance correctly, determining whether an accommodation is reasonable can be a tough call. Reasonable people can...more

Twins for Clooneys! How to manage pregnant employees who aren’t gazillionaire celebs

A-list celebrity George Clooney, long considered Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor, surprised the world when he married international human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin back in 2014 after decades of assuring journalists,...more

EEOC Explains Workplace Rights For Employees With Mental Health Conditions

Late last year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a “resource document” aimed at employees entitled “Depression, PTSD and Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights.” While the...more

Tenth Circuit Rejects EEOC Position on Retroactive Accommodation of Performance Issues

For years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and federal courts have acknowledged that employers do not have to excuse employee disciplinary violations because the employee later attributes such conduct to a...more

Employer Failure to Provide Reasonable Accommodations for Migraines Results in Legal Headaches

In Bethscheider v. Westar Energy, the United States District Court for the District of Kansas denied Defendant’s motion to dismiss claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Alleged by Plaintiff was that her...more

Third Circuit Says “Last Call” for Employee Terminated After Caught Drinking While on FMLA “Bed Rest”

On January 31, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit joined the Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Circuits in holding that an employer’s honest belief that its employee was misusing FMLA leave is enough to...more

Third Circuit adopts the “honest belief” defense to FMLA retaliation claims and confirms that FMLA leave requests can double as...

The Third Circuit’s recent decision in Capps v. Mondelez Global, LLC is a mixed bag for employers. The good news is that it establishes that an employer’s honest belief that its employee misused FMLA leave can defeat a...more

Unclear crystal ball: What might 2017 hold for employers?

In 2016, employers were confronted with many new laws, regulations, and issues. Companies geared up for a substantial change in the overtime rule, which ultimately didn’t take effect after a federal judge in Texas issued an...more

Anxiety, Absenteeism, and the ADA

As accommodating and flexible as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compels employers to be, the harsh reality is that there are some jobs that a person with certain disabilities simply cannot do. When an employee...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms FMLA Retaliation Claim Based on Employer Ending Home Working Arrangement

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) does not require employers to agree to allow employees to work from home based on medical restrictions. The Americans with Disabilities Act may require employers to provide such...more

No Excuses: “Retroactive Leniency” Is Not An ADA Reasonable Accommodation

3 Things To Know About Favorable Court Decision - A federal appeals court upheld the termination of an employee who tried to blame her misconduct on her disability during the termination meeting itself. The court ruled...more

Retroactive Accommodations to Excuse Past Misconduct Not Required under the ADA

Envision a situation where you are about to terminate an employee for violating a work conduct rule. Sensing what is coming, the employee explains to you her disability caused her to violate the rule. Are you required to...more

Stress Claims Stressing Employers Out

Let’s face it: work can be stressful. So what’s an employer to do when an employee requests a stress-free or less stressful work environment as an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act? As always, it...more

EEOC Sues Walmart for Discriminating Against Employee with Intellectual Disability

Retail Giant Refused to Make a Simple Accommodation for a Longtime Employee, Federal Agency Charges - MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Walmart violated federal law when it failed to accommodate and fired a longtime employee because of...more

Nip/Tuck Leave: When Employees Take Leave for Elective Procedures

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers are usually mindful of the many laws governing employee medical leaves and how they interact. But what about accommodation for non-medically necessary leaves? This post discusses the basics of...more

EEOC Releases Guidance Concerning the Mental Health Provider’s Role in ADA Reasonable Accommodation Requests

The EEOC recently published guidance for mental health providers describing their role in an employee or applicant’s request for a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). While the guidance...more

No medical report means no accommodation

Although the Army Ammunition Depot is located in McAlester, it was a Muskogee federal court that upheld an employer’s right to require adequate medical support before granting an employee’s request their job be modified on...more

New Guidance Issued by the Department of Education on the Rights of Students with Disabilities

At the end of last month, the Department of Education released three new sets of guidance on the federal civil rights laws that govern students with disabilities. All three offer valuable information about current and...more

Stepping Out of the Shadows: Accommodating Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

2016 brought about a host of changes for employers, including new political leaders, ever-changing technology, and new and more open dialogue on a variety of different issues. Aside from politics, perhaps one of the biggest...more

A Particular Challenge: Managing Mental Disability in the Workplace

Understanding disability discrimination and reasonable accommodation is a challenge for employers, and particularly for the in-house counsel and HR professionals who must manage disability issues in the workplace. As you...more

With Charges of Discrimination Based on Mental Health Conditions on the Rise, EEOC Releases New Guidance on Employees’ ADA Rights

On December 12, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued a new resource document emphasizing that, under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), job applicants and employees with mental...more

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