If an employee mentions they have a disability you had better start talking

  What do you do if you employee comes to you and says she has cancer and she is concerned that she may have difficulty performing her work? You don’t answer “So are you going to resign?” Interactive discussion Yes, that did occur. There were more details to this case but my intent is not …

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Future Friday: The Disability of the Future Workplace?

    Google Glass and virtual reality are two technologies widely speculated to be tools of the future workplace. While they may end up being very valuable they also may be a cause for concern. They could be related to a disability that will become more common in the workplace of the future. “I don’t …

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Pointers on avoiding Diabetes Discrimination

  You have all heard the news. Diabetes is considered to be an epidemic in the United States. According to the American Diabetes Association “..nearly 26 million adults and children living with the disease. An additional 79 million have prediabetes, placing them at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes” With those numbers in a …

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An Open-ended Leave is NOT a Reasonable Accommodation

When the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) passed in 2008 it substantially changed the way employers have to deal with employees with disabilities. It enlarged definitions of disabilities and life functions and it put on employers the requirement of “interactive discussions”, but one thing it did not do was require employers to give …

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A Look to the Future: Human Augmentation as Reasonable Accommodation

I am pretty certain two questions popped into your mind as you read this title. First, what the heck is “human augmentation” and second, what do you mean “reasonable accommodation”? In this post of a look to the future: human augmentation as reasonable accommodation I will answer both questions. Human Augmentation Human augmentation has been …

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A Quick Note on the ADA and Reasonable Accommodation

The intersection of three major laws dealing with employee health provides us with some difficult situations when having to make decisions between the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act and Workers’ Comp. I was reminded of this when I heard a presentation by some attorneys from GreenbergTraurig in Atlanta. It …

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Intellectual Disability under the ADAAA: A Widening Chasm of Problems?

Most of us in HR are still not up to speed on the new requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA). Most of us are used to dealing with the idea of disability under the ADA since it had been around since 1990. In fact many HR folks have never experienced an …

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Wrap Up of SHRM Atlanta Conference: Part 3

This is Part 3 of my wrap up of the SHRM Atlanta conference. The sessions I followed were still in the Law and Legislation track. First up was Manage Your Employees or Get Out of the Way! (Ten Rules for Helping Your Managers Prevent Costly Lawsuits.) presented by Chad Shultz of Ford & Harrision LLP. …

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