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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

6 Employment Actions That Can “Automatically” Land Your Hospital In Court

As a healthcare employer, it must be tempting to want to develop rigid workplace rules that will help newbie bosses reach conclusions almost automatically, especially where the best nurses or techs often become supervisors...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

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

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

Could “The Last Jedi” Actually Be Practicing Religion in Your Workplace?

Yesterday, news came out that Episode 8 (I mean, VIII) of the Star Wars series would be named “The Last Jedi”. Which reminded me about an article in The New York Times I saw a few weeks ago that I had been meaning to...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

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

Understanding National Origin Discrimination – Part 1

In 2000, 7,792 complaints of discrimination based on national origin were filed with the EEOC. By 2002, in part because of the societal effects of 9/11, the number had increased to 9,046. In 2010, 11,304 such complaints...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

Employer Responsibilities re Mental Health Conditions

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued a “User-Friendly Document” explaining the rights of job applicants and employees with mental health conditions. In doing so, the EEOC has confirmed that individuals...more

EEOC Issues Guidance on Mental Health Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodations

On December 12, 2016, the EEOC issued a resource document, titled “Depression, PTSD, & Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights,” reminding employers of workplace rights for employees and applicants...more

Apply Here! (with Everyone Else): ADA Does Not Mandate Noncompetitive Reassignment

When you can’t reasonably accommodate a disabled employee in the current position, do you have to give the employee a vacant position or can you follow your usual, competitive process? In EEOC v. St. Joseph’s Hospital, Inc.,...more

Court: Employees Seeking Accommodation Must Compete For Reassignment - Split In Circuits Could Lead To Supreme Court Intervention

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a disabled worker forced to leave her position because of her physical impairment must compete for vacant jobs when seeking reassignment, handing a victory to her former employer....more

EEOC Provides Guidance Outlining Protections for Applicants and Employees with Mental Health Conditions

On December 12, 2016, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued an informal resource document which serves to remind employers of protections afforded to applicants and employees who suffer from...more

EEOC Suffers Another Setback – ADA Does Not Require Automatic Reassignment of Disabled Employee to Open Position

As we have previously reported, under the Obama administration, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has aggressively sought to expand the breadth of the agency’s authority to collect employee pay data and other...more

Employment Law 2016 - Year In Review

As calendar year 2016 draws to a close, we are once again reminded that employment laws are constantly changing—except, of course, for the one change employers were expecting most, which is where our 2016 employment law...more

EEOC Reminds Employers that Mental Health Conditions Are Covered by the ADA

On December 12, 2016, the EEOC issued a guidance document discussing workplace rights for individuals diagnosed with mental health conditions under the Americans With Disabilities Act. The EEOC noted that in 2016, the agency...more

Cheesecake Factory Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Restaurant Denied Deaf Employee Appropriate Training and Accommodation, Then Fired Him, Says Federal Agency - SEATTLE, Wash. - Restaurant giant The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiary violated...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds the ADA Does Not Mandate Reassignment Without Competition or Preferential Treatment

In EEOC v. St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Eleventh Circuit recently held that the reasonable accommodation standard under the ADA “only requires an employer allow a disabled person to compete equally with the rest of the world...more

Eleventh Circuit Finds ADA Does Not Require Reassignment Over More Qualified Applicants

For years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has taken the administrative position that if a disabled employee can no longer perform his or her job, the employer must place that employee in a vacant position...more

Coming Soon: More Paperwork for Healthcare Providers

Employers may see an uptick in requests for accommodations of mental disabilities, and healthcare providers may be asked to fill out yet more paperwork, as a result of two new publications issued by the EEOC last week....more

EEOC Releases New “Resource Document” On Mental Health Conditions under the ADA

On December 12, 2016, the EEOC issued a new Q&A style document entitled “Depression, PTSD, & Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights.” While clearly aimed at employees with mental health...more

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