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To be honest, I expected that if I ever made the marquee, it would be for other reasons. Like being an animated co-star in a reboot of The Simpsons Movie.

But, I’m a little punchy from reading literally 500-1000 reader questions for today’s chat, so I’ll take what I can get. Continue reading


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But, first, thank you to everyone who stopped by yesterday for the Facebook Live / Zoom chat to discuss the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and other COVID-19 workplace issues. ICYMI, we did record the session. I’ve got audio here and my handsome talking mug here.

I’ll schedule another chat sesh once the House Bill advances through the Senate (which hasn’t happened yet, but maybe today), and President Trump signs it. Continue reading


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Yesterday, I wrote about a recent Second Circuit opinion in which the appellate court held that an employee with migraine headaches who requested a transfer to another supervisor didn’t have a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. That’s because his physical impairment didn’t substantially limit him from working. Continue reading


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The Americans with Disabilities Act protects applicants and employees from disability discrimination. When the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act took effect in 2009, Congress lowered the bar for what constitutes a disability. Indeed, it’s gotten so low, that my usual advice to clients is not to sweat whether someone has a disability. Continue reading


I’ve seen enough “What employers should know about the Coronavirus” blog posts to know that I’m sick and tired of reading them.

But then the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission posted a Coronavirus update yesterday. And since I like clickbait as much as the next blogger, I’m going to summarize the EEOC’s Guidance for you today. Continue reading


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Every once in a while, a different client calls me with the same Americans with Disabilities Act question, “Eric, our employee tells us that she has a disability and needs and accommodation. Can we ask for medical documentation to help us evaluate whether an accommodation request is reasonable?

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Workplace accommodations can be easy.

For example, when an employee with carpal tunnel syndrome requests an ergonomic keyboard to perform his job, and his job involves a lot of typing, you get him the keyboard.

Or maybe you have an employee with Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is a type of depression that is exacerbated by gray overcast skies and poor indoor lighting. Several inexpensive lighting products can enable that employee to perform the essential functions of the job.

But, where employers often run into problems is with leave as an accommodation. Job transfers too.

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In 2020, the Americans with Disabilities Act turns 30. President George H.W. Bush signed it into law in 1990 to ensure civil rights for individuals with disabilities. Chia-Yi Hou at The Hill published a nice 30-year ADA recap here.

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