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Dec 30 2014
Disability  

Collaboration and communication key to disability accommodation

When a disability interferes with an employee’s ability to work, Washington’s Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) requires employers to engage in a collaborative process to search for reasonable accommodations, and eventually explore other available positions that meet the employee’s restrictions, ruled a federal district court.

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Dec 16 2014
Q&ADisability  

Essential functions of job may not be as clear as you think

Question: Our receptionist is responsible not only for answering phones and greeting visitors, but also for keeping the adjacent coffee room clean. She now says she is allergic to all cleaning products and cannot clean the coffee room. We believe this is an essential function of her job. If we can’t find a reasonable accommodation, can we remove her from the position?

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Nov 06 2014
Disability  

Is your workplace technology accessible to people with disabilities?

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a new initiative promoting the employment, retention, and career advancement of people with disabilities through the development, adoption, and promotion of accessible technology.

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Oct 24 2014
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WEBINAR: Review of new affirmative action rules on veterans and people with disabilities

New affirmative action rules on veterans and people with disabilities will almost certainly require employers to budget more staff time and resources to manage these new obligations.

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Oct 21 2014
Q&ADisability  

Pregnancy Accommodation: Handle with care

Q: A pregnant employee doesn’t want to work one of the jobs in a rotating shift, saying she can’t lift over 10 lbs. It happens to be the job no one wants to work. Do I have to allow her to skip it because she’s pregnant?

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Sep 24 2014
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Drug testing for prescription medication is questionable under ADA

Random drug testing for prescription medication pushes the limits of what is permissible under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but may not necessarily violate the law, according to a recent case from the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

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Sep 18 2014
Disability

OREGON: Duty to accommodate didn’t extend to fitness-for-duty exam process

An Oregon court recently dismissed a preschool teacher’s disability claim because she refused to submit to a fitness-for-duty exam.

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Aug 12 2014
Disability  

Telecommuting privileges can be an accommodation under ADA

An employee received the green light to sue his employer after the employer withdrew his telecommuting privileges and then fired him 30 days following his disclosure that he needed to work from home due to a social anxiety disorder.

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Aug 05 2014
Disability  

EEOC issues controversial guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination Act

EEOC issues controversial guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination Act

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Jul 30 2014
Disability  

Annual fitness-for-duty exams generally not allowed

Q: We want to make sure our employees remain healthy and able to do their jobs. Can we require them to submit to an annual fitness-for-duty exam?

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