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Empire State High: New York Joins Ranks of States Legalizing Medical Marijuana Use. But What Does This Mean For Employers?

New York's Compassionate Care Act, enacted on July 7, 2014, places New York in the company of 22 other states and the District of Columbia who permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Important for employers, the law...more

How To Handle Insufficient Medical Documentation in Support of an Employee’s Disability Accommodation Request

Workplace accommodation issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can be tricky to navigate especially if the employee’s supporting medical documentation is insufficient. This often occurs in situations where the...more

Recent EEOC Guidance Calls for Reasonable Accommodation of Normal Pregnancy

In July 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) took the position, in controversial Enforcement Guidance, that the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) requires employers to treat women with normal...more

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: Lifting restrictions weigh down employees’ ADA claims

Two recent court decisions considered whether employees who had permanent lifting restrictions were “qualified individuals” entitled to relief under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)....more

EEOC Issues Guidelines on Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

For the first time in 30 years, on July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has issued comprehensive guidelines for employers dealing with pregnant employees in the workplace (the “Guidance”). ...more

The EEOC Delivers its Expected New Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

Dust off your handbooks and rethink your employment policies – the EEOC has just announced some significant changes in how it is going to investigate and litigate pregnancy discrimination claims....more

EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new Enforcement Guidance this month regarding pregnancy discrimination. This is the first comprehensive update to the EEOC’s Pregnancy Discrimination Guidance...more

New EEOC Developments Expand Employers’ Pregnancy Accommodation Obligations

For the first time in more than 30 years, on July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) overhauled its guidance on pregnancy discrimination issues—broadening anti-discrimination coverage and...more

What Is The Interactive Process?

The interactive process is a crucial step for an employer in dealing with an employee’s request for accommodation of a disability. Failure to conduct and document the interactive process can result in liability under the...more

EEOC Broadens Pregnancy Discrimination Protections

On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") issued an updated enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination and related issues, and significantly widened the employee protections. The guidance...more

EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues

On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), by a 3-to-2 vote of commissioners, issued Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues (the "Guidance"), along with a question and...more

EEOC Issues Guidelines on Pregnancy Discrimination for First Time in 30 Years

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued new enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination for the first time in 30 years. The new guidance clarifies the EEOC's understanding of the law, as well...more

EEOC Issues Pregnancy Discrimination Guidance

On Monday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a new enforcement guidance dealing with employer obligations under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. While repeating settled law regarding employer obligations to...more

EEOC Effectively Declares Pregnancy a "Disability" Requiring Reasonable Accommodation — Even When the Pregnant Employee Is Not...

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has recently declared that pregnancy alone, even without other underlying medical conditions, may require employer accommodations according to recent guidance released July 14,...more

Court Recommends Supervalu/Jewel-Osco Be Held in Contempt for Violations of EEOC Consent Decree in Disability Case

Federal Agency Obtains Relief for Three Jewel Employees Denied Accommodation, Court Calls for Extension of Decree and Appointment of Special Master - CHICAGO - Federal Magistrate Judge Michael Mason has entered a...more

Federal Appellate Court Finds Employer Provided Reasonable Accommodation To Disabled Employee, Even Though It Did Not Provide The...

A federal appellate court upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that a Dairy Queen franchisee failed to reasonably accommodate a blind employee under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In Bunn v. Khoury...more

EEOC Sues Wal-Mart for Disability Discrimination

Retailer Rescinded Accommodation, Then Fired Intellectually Disabled Employee, Federal Agency Charges - ROCKFORD, Ill. - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit here yesterday against...more

Alberta Court of Appeal Considers the Duty to Accommodate Probationary Employees

In reasons released on May 6, 2014, the Alberta Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by the Telecommunications Workers Union in respect of an unsuccessful judicial review application to question a labour arbitrator award. The...more

America's Largest Drug Store Chain to Pay $180,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

South San Francisco Walgreens Fired Longtime Employee With Diabetes Over a $1.39 Bag of Chips, Federal Agency Charged - SAN FRANCISCO - Drugstore giant Walgreens has agreed to pay $180,000 to a longtime employee with...more

Employers May Now Have To Provide Employees With The Added Comfort Of Working From Home

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has put employers on notice that they may need to accommodate employees with disabilities by allowing them to work remotely from home, forcing employers to reconsider whether a physical...more

50 For 50: Five Decades Of The Most Important Employment Discrimination Decisions - Number 46: How To Deal With Employees Using...

Fifty years ago when Title VII became law and 23 years ago when the Americans with Disabilities Act became law, it would be inconceivable that someone would be blogging about accommodating employees by allowing them to smoke...more

Quirky Question #232, We Can Require Our Employee To Work At The Office, Right?

Question: We are a medium-sized Minnesota employer. Our lead accountant recently spoke with our Director of Human Resources and requested to work from home several days a week due to a medical condition. We believe...more

How Important is Attendance at Work?

The answer seems obvious. The employer must decide what hours of work are best for producing its products or serving its customers, and employees must maintain regular and reliable attendance during those hours. In fact,...more

Is Telecommuting a More ‘Reasonable’ Accommodation Under the ADA?

On April 22, 2014, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in EEOC v. Ford Motor Company reviewed whether a telecommuting arrangement could be a reasonable accommodation for an employee suffering from a debilitating disability....more

ADA interactive process: A quiz for employers

What do you really know about the “interactive process” under the Americans with Disabilities Act? This is one area in which I am always getting questions, and I think it’s the terminology that scares employers. “Interactive...more

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