Category: Disabilities

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Disabilities

Understanding Religious Accommodations for Mandatory Vaccination Policies

COVID-19 vaccines continue dominating the news as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now provided full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for…

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Posted in Disabilities

Interactive Process Key to Accommodating Employee with Disability

We have a new hire who, after being hired, disclosed a physical disability. She indicated that we need to accommodate her, and I have since…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Disabilities

“Long COVID-19” May Be a Disability Under the ADA

On the recent anniversary of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Biden-Harris administration released resources supporting individuals experiencing long-term COVID-19 symptoms, sometimes called…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Disabilities Discrimination Workplace Safety

COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance Released

On March 4, 2021, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) updated its COVID-19 guidance, addressing several vaccination-related questions. The updated guidance replaces…

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Posted in Disabilities Discrimination

If 65+ Employee Falters, Focus on Job Performance, Not Age

We have an employee who is over the age of 65 and has worked for us for several years, but recently his cognitive skills appear…

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Posted in Disabilities

Allergy Claim Triggers Need for Interactive Evaluation of Options

We have an employee who is claiming she’s allergic to various things in the office, but quite honestly, she has been trying to work from…

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.
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Disabilities

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…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Disabilities

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 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.
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Posted in Disabilities

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…

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Posted in Disabilities

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…