Is “driving” in the job description as an essential function for employees who visit clients?

When you hire someone to be an outside sales rep you assume the way they are going to get from customer to customer is by driving, but do you specify that in your job description? Have you made that an essential function of the job? What about other jobs that require the employee moving from …

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Are your ADA decisions “job related and consistent with business necessity”?

The Americans with Disabilities Act and the ADA Amendment Act require employers avoid medical and disability conditions in the interview process. Most larger employers know that, even though they run afoul of the law more than they should. Most smaller employers may not be aware of the prohibition and subsequently they make mistakes all the …

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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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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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