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Fake Service Dog Attacks Real Service Dog

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I’ve been posting about the problems companies face when a customer wants to bring in a fake service dog. One of the biggest issues for companies is figuring out which dogs are fake service dogs and which dogs are real...more

Timelines For Responding To Reasonable Accommodation Requests

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In response to a question, here is a short Fair Housing Act (FHA) primer on the timeline for responding to reasonable accommodation or reasonable modification requests. Under our FHA, “discrimination” includes “a refusal to...more

Thoughts On National Registration For Service Dogs

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I’ve posted before, regarding the dilemma business owners have when faced with a customer with a dog (fake service dog) or a customer with an animal (emotional support animal – which are not afforded the same protections as...more

Campus Companions: How To Handle Requests For Service And Assistance Animals

by Fisher Phillips on

School officials often receive requests from students with disabilities to bring “service animals” and “assistance animals” on campus as an accommodation. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the...more

A Dog, A Bunny And A Cat Walk Into A Diner – What’s The Diner’s Owner To Do?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As the weather in South Florida turns cooler and the snow birds start flying south, there is a remarkable increase in the number of little dogs (and other animals) one sees in their local Publix grocery stores and favorite...more

Dogged by Dogs at Work: Barking Up the Wrong Tree?

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Suppose you hire Kristin Chenoweth to be your new TV show host, and she shows up on the set with her dog Thunder, claiming she needs the dog for emotional support. Must you allow this distraction?...more

Issues With Online Emotional Support Animals Medical Verifications

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The issue of online medical verifications for emotional support animals (ESA’s) is an ongoing problem for professional apartment management. As written in this space before, we want to approve all legitimate reasonable...more

What’s the Difference Between A “Service Animal,” An “Assistance Animal,” And An “Emotional Support Animal”?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As written in this space (and elsewhere) all too frequently, professional apartment owners and managers have seen a significant surge in the number of reasonable accommodation requests by residents with animals. Some of these...more

Potential Risks From Pet Therapy Programs

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Pet therapy programs have been expanding throughout the country, based largely on the increasing recognition that humans benefit from the human-animal bond. The human-animal bond is defined by the American Veterinary Medical...more

An Employer’s Guide On Service Animals And The ADA

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a qualified individual on the basis of disability, and this includes not making reasonable accommodations to the known...more

July Is the New January: Beware of Employment Regulations About to Take Effect

by Littler on

As we close out the first half of the year, July ushers in numerous changes in labor and employment law. Notably, many statutes and administrative regulations across the country become operative in July. Before the fireworks...more

HUD Approves $20,500 Assistance Animal Fair Housing Settlement

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved a settlement agreement concerning assistance animals and fees charged to residents. To resolve pending Fair Housing Act (FHA) disability...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | June 2017 #3

FDA Delays Compliance Date for Nutrition Facts Labeling - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will postpone the deadline for food companies to use a revised Nutrition Facts label on packaged...more

Dear Littler: Do I Really Have to Let an Employee Bring an “Emotional Support Pig” to Work?

by Littler on

Dear Littler: One of our employees here in Iowa has requested to bring a pet pig to work for “emotional support” purposes. A pig! In a factory! Do I need to entertain her request? And if so, what do I tell other employees?...more

Some Further Thoughts On Medical Verifications For Emotional Support Animals

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A couple of interesting emotional support animal medical verification questions have hit my desk over the past month. First, recall that case law on the issue of permissible credentials of a medical or health care...more

Bringing Your Dog to Work: Service Animals as Disability Accommodation

The reasonable accommodations for an employee’s disability that may be required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act can take many forms, including an employee coming to...more

Federal Court Provides Guidance on Service Dogs as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA

by Clark Hill PLC on

On March 29, 2017, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan identified factors employers should consider if presented with the novel, but increasingly popular, employee disability accommodation...more

What Happens When The Federal Fair Housing Act Conflicts With A City Or County Ordinance?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

While many apartment communities are “pet friendly” and welcome animals, almost every community has restrictions concerning, for example, certain breeds and/or weight limits for pets. In addition to the community policy on...more

Whiskey For My Men, Beer For My (Service) Horse – A Business Owner’s Primer On Service Animals And The ADA

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

A guy and his horse walk into a bar… This could be the start of a funny joke, or the beginning of an American with Disabilities Act (ADA) complaint that can cost your business thousands of dollars in defense costs and...more

Do Emotional Support Animal Medical Verifications Last Forever?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A legitimate question from leasing office professionals I get from time to time is: “We approved an emotional support animal for a resident two years ago. Does that approval continue indefinitely or can we seek a supplemental...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - April 2017 #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California Assembly Member Proposes Bill to Limit Abuse of Service Animal Accommodations - As dogs have transitioned from children's backyard playmates to must-have accessories while their owners are shopping or dining,...more

High Court Says Girl with Special Needs Can Sue Over School's Refusal to Allow Service Dog

The family of a girl with cerebral palsy may sue her former school district for refusing to allow her service dog as a companion in school, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. The Michigan case revolved around whether the...more

Can Fido Come to Work? EEOC Files Suit to Require Emotional Support Dog on Truck Route

It’s true. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is taking the position that an emotional support animal may be a required reasonable accommodation in the workplace. In January, we explained that federal...more

Employer Requirements in Regard to Permitting Employees to Bring Service Dogs to Work

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

In a recently filed lawsuit, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. CRST International Inc. and CRST Expedited Inc., the EEOC alleges that CRST violated the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”) by denying an...more

EEOC Sues Company That Didn't Hire Veteran Over Use Of Service Dog

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Last week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against freight company CRST Expedited Inc. on behalf of a truck driver trainee who is a veteran. According to the Commission, the employer violated...more

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