Archive for the ‘disability’ Category

Employee Performance and Disability: A Short Course on Evaluation Under the ADA

Act I:  The Problem Jason is a veteran middle school math teacher who has been in the classroom for more than twenty years. He has never been a strong teacher. The principal who worked with him for the bulk of his twenty-year teaching career was aware of Jason’s weaknesses, but failed to document them as […]

 

Pregnancy Guidance Seems to Require Light Duty For All

The EEOC’s pregnancy discrimination guidance issued July 14 affects more than just the rights of pregnant women in the workplace. Although nominally titled as an enforcement guidance regarding “pregnancy discrimination,”  the guidance potentially reaches beyond pregnant employees to employees with a disability regardless of cause. The EEOC’s guidance holds that impairments related to pregnancy may qualify for […]

 

Employers face new era of ADA compliance issues

A recent Fourth Circuit opinion and state laws like New Jersey’s new pregnancy accommodation statute highlight the new era of compliance issues facing employers dealing with worker medical situations. Accommodating issues of temporary disabilities and pregnancy-related impairments, and whether to provide leave or reduced job duties as accommodations lead the list of issues for 2014.  […]

 

So You Want A Bigger Office? Showing Complaining Employee the Door Is Costly

The newest in what is expected to be a long line of new cases to be filed under the revised ADA is the “cubicle case.” A worker at the University Medical Center in Nevada was fired for being unable to perform her job after she complained that her confined workspace caused her psychological distress due […]