Multi-Month Need for Leave Disqualifies Employee from ADA Protections

Last week, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in which it stated that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not require employers to give employees more leave after their Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allotment runs out. In Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft Inc., the employee had a back condition for which […]

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Making Sure Your Wellness Program Complies With the Law

Litigation against employers by the EEOC regarding the implementation of wellness programs is ongoing in federal court, but no instructive decisions have been issued by the courts. Employers wishing to implement a wellness program but stay out of litigation may feel like they have little guidance on the issue, but there are some instructions out […]

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Accommodating Employees Under the ADA—The Effort Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect, It Just Has to Be Made

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities.  This process requires that employers and employees engage in an interactive process to discuss potential reasonable accommodations.  The interactive process requires an informal dialogue between the employer and the employee in which the parties discuss reasonable accommodations for an employee’s […]

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Must Employers Offer Telecommuting as a “Reasonable Accommodation”?

A number of courts have traditionally held that attendance is an essential function of most jobs and, on that basis, have found that telecommuting, or working from home, as an accommodation is not reasonable.  Recently, however, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit departed from this traditional notion and held that an […]

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Seventh Circuit Reverses Course on Employer's ADA Reasonable Accommodation Obligations

In EEOC v. United Airlines, the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that an employer, as part of its reasonable accommodation obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), must reassign a disabled employee to an open and available position regardless of whether there might be a better or more qualified applicant for […]

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