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An employer may restore all the employee’s essential duties after the immediate crisis has passed, and then evaluate requests for accommodations under the usual ADA rules.

Telework During Pandemic Could Affect Future Remote Work Requests

If an employer allows employees to telework during the COVID-19 pandemic, will the employer have to allow them to continue teleworking after the California shelter-in-place order is lifted? For disabled employees, would an employer have to automatically grant telework as a reasonable accommodation if the employees wish to continue the arrangement after the pandemic is […]

1 May 20 - COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Disabilities - Ellen Savage, J.D. - No CommentsRead More »

Reasonable Accommodations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As COVID-19 changes the employment law landscape, government agencies continue to provide guidance on many commonplace compliance issues that are now causing confusion for employers. The latest update came last week when the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) revised its COVID-19 guidance for employers responding to requests for reasonable accommodations. At-Risk Employees Although state […]

16 Apr 20 - COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Disabilities - Matthew J. Roberts, Esq. - No CommentsRead More »

The employer is authorized to request reasonable medical documentation to confirm the existence of the disability and the need for a reasonable accommodation, when the need is not obvious.

Requiring a Doctor’s Note to Confirm a Disability

One of my employees who has been with the company for a few years (and who was about to get written up for failing to complete projects in a timely manner) came to me and said she needed more time to complete her work because she’s dyslexic. I asked her to provide me a doctor’s […]

10 Mar 20 - Disabilities - HRWatchdog - No CommentsRead More »

2020 State Disability Insurance Rates Updates

The California State Disability Insurance (SDI) withholding rates are updated for 2020, according to Tax News Update. The employee SDI withholding rate, which includes Paid Family Leave (PFL), remains at 1 percent. The 2020 SDI taxable wage base is now $122,909, which is up from $118,371 for 2019. The maximum SDI to withhold from employees’ […]

30 Dec 19 - Disabilities - Vannessa Maravilla - No CommentsRead More »

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Embrace Inclusion, Diversity During National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which celebrates the contributions that Americans with disabilities have made to this country’s workforce and economic strength. With unemployment at historical lows for all Americans — and global competition creating a high demand for skilled workers — employers need to expand their search for talented employees. NDEAM […]

22 Oct 19 - Disabilities - Katie Culliton - No CommentsRead More »