Employee leave of absence request on desk for Americans with Disabilities Act reasonable accommodation

The Interactive Process: Proceed with Caution

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), employers must “make reasonable accommodations” for employees with disabilities. Once an employee with a qualifying disability requests an accommodation, the employer has a duty to engage in… Read More
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Employee Handbooks: A Cautionary Tale

Employee handbooks can provide important legal protection for employers. However, imprecise drafting or inattentiveness to legal requirements can undermine the effectiveness of a handbook or create unintended effects. In Chambers v. Catholic Charitie… Read More
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Men's Health Month Awaren…

Men's Health Month Awareness

A close family member’s battle with prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in American men – is a reminder of the fragility of life. Thankfully, his recovery is underway; however, many others will not be as fortunate, as mor… Read More
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Requesting a Doctor's Not…

Requesting a Doctor's Note: Proceed with Caution

As many businesses resume “in-person” operations, a return to the office may not be welcomed by all. An employee who seeks to continue working remotely may assert that telecommuting is a reasonable accommodation for a disability. In some… Read More
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Race-Based Shift Changes: A Cautionary Tale

According to a 2020 Glassdoor survey, 76% of the job seekers/employees surveyed indicated that a diverse workforce is an important factor when evaluating companies and job offers. And many employers have lauded diversity as an important institutional… Read More
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“Vaccine or Test” Rul…

“Vaccine or Test” Rule Blocked

In November, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that would require employers with 100 or more employees to implement a mandatory workplace rule requiring that employees either be… Read More
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Notable Provisions Within…

Notable Provisions Within New Infrastructure Law

Signed into law on November 15, 2021, the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (“the IIJA”) contains various provisions that may be of interest to small businesses and other employers. In a prior article, we advised that the Emplo… Read More
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COVID-19 Relief Programs Expiring Soon

This year has been another one of challenges, and the impact has been felt across the country, particularly in the workforce. Several programs were put in place over the months to lessen the blow, but as we wrap up 2021, some relief is set to end. Si… Read More
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Avoid Becoming a “Poster Boy” for Posting Violations

Federal law requires employers to maintain labor law posters in a conspicuous location in the workplace, and failure to comply can result in harsh civil penalties (which are adjusted for inflation each year). In 2021, penalties range from $178 (Famil… Read More
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Vaccinating Employees; Im…

Vaccinating Employees; Immunizing Employers

Newly updated Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) guidance confirms what many employment attorneys have suspected to be true: Employers may require “in-person” employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as long as reasonable acc… Read More
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