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May 05 2014
Disability  

Unilateral revocation of accommodation violates ADA

In a scorching rebuke to an employer, a federal district court ruled against the company for unilaterally revoking a long-observed disability accommodation and ultimately firing the employee.

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Jan 22 2014
Disability  

Employer failed to consider accommodations under the ADA

An employer’s hasty decision that an employee with a disability could not perform the “essential functions of the job” ended up backfiring in an expensive way. That was the result of a federal district court’s ruling, which allowed the employee’s case to proceed to trial.

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Jan 22 2014
DisabilityLeave Laws  

Poor performance alone does not require employer to investigate possible disability

After being terminated, an Amazon.com call center employee sued the company under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The employee claimed that her poor performance was due to her disabilities. Amazon was aware that the employee suffered from migraines and endometriosis, and had granted protected leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for these conditions.

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Dec 19 2013
Affirmative ActionDisability  

Affirmative Action: OFCCP updates FAQs on new disability and veterans rules

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released more FAQs on its web pages providing guidance on the new rules regarding protected veterans and people with disabilities.

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Nov 25 2013
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Temporary workers—whose employee is this?

Q: We use a lot of workers that we obtain from a temporary services provider. What employment obligations do we have with respect to these workers since they’re not really “our” employees?

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Oct 02 2013
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Understand what deadlines apply to new rules on veterans and disabilities

Employers with federal contracts or subcontracts need to understand their deadlines for coming into compliance with new affirmative action rules for veterans and people with disabilities.

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Sep 10 2013
Q&ADisabilityHiring  

Can I ask job applicants if they smoke?

Q: With the government confirming that smokers cost $4,000 more a year in health care costs, can I ask an applicant “Do you smoke?”

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Sep 05 2013
Q&ADisability

Use of a Service Animal as a Reasonable Accommodation in Washington

Q: My new receptionist showed up today for her first day of work with her 150 pound Golden Retriever and said I had to allow her to keep it at work because it helped her deal with her anxiety. Do I have to allow this?

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Aug 29 2013
Affirmative ActionDisability  

ALERT: Major changes announced for vets and disabilities rules for federal contractors

Employers with federal contracts will have significant new obligations in affirmative action compliance for veterans and people with disabilities, under new regulations announced by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

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Aug 20 2013
Q&ADisability  

Is working from home a reasonable accommodation?

Q: One of our supervisors brought in a doctor’s note saying that she can only work from home. Do we have to allow it?

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