Archive for the ‘Disabilities’ Category

Is Telecommuting a Reasonable Accommodation for a Disability?

The answer is not a simple yes or no.  Yet, a federal circuit court of appeals, in a positive ruling for employers, recently held that telecommuting is not a reasonable accommodation when regular predictable attendance is an essential function of the job. The case is EEOC v. Ford Motor Company. Of course, not all jobs […]

22 Apr 15 - Disabilities, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

New Employment Law Trends White Paper Now Available

A new white paper from CalChamber summarizes current employment law trends and offers practical advice for employers to minimize their potential workplace law liability. The white paper analyzes the “mixed bag” of employment law developments from new legislation and court decisions. Learn about: California’s mandatory paid sick leave law; Reasonable accommodation; Enforcement actions from regulatory […]

31 Mar 15 - Disabilities, Minimum Wage, Time Off - HRWatchdog - No CommentsRead More »

Firing of HIV Positive Employee Results in Settlement

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed charges against a nationwide manufacturer and distributor of juice products alleging that the company fired an employee because he was HIV positive. The company will pay $125,000 to settle the disability discrimination lawsuit. The employee worked as a machine operator in the packaging department at a company […]

30 Mar 15 - Disabilities, Discrimination - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

High Court Lets UPS Worker Proceed With Pregnancy Bias Case

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court gave new life to a pregnancy discrimination claim brought by a former UPS driver Peggy Young. At issue in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. was whether an employer must provide the same work accommodations to a pregnant employee as provided to similarly situated, non-pregnant employees. The Court’s 6-3 decision […]

25 Mar 15 - Disabilities, Discrimination, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

Workplace Harassment Focus of EEOC Meeting

Workplace harassment is alleged in approximately 30 percent of all charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to EEOC Chair Jenny R. Yang. “By identifying underlying problems in workplaces and industries where we see recurring patterns of harassment, we are developing strategies that focus on targeted outreach and education as well […]

22 Jan 15 - Disabilities, Harassment, Training - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »