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Tag Archives: “Interactive Process”

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Immigration, Politics, Pregnancy
President Trump endorses the RAISE Act, which would clamp down on legal immigration. The RAISE Act legislation, among other things, would give immigration priority according to a skills-based “points” system and to individuals who speak English. If enacted in its current form, it would be expected to reduce legal immigration to the United States by about 50 percent.… Continue Reading

Thinking out loud about medical marijuana and reasonable accommodation

Posted in Drug Testing
(When I think out loud, beware.) Ellen Kearns’ discussion of last week’s decision in Barbuto v. Advantage Sales and Marketing, in which the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that employers may have to accommodate employees who use medical marijuana, got me thinking about whether we need to revisit some of our assumptions about marijuana in the… Continue Reading

School’s out! So what’s with this summer employment law quiz?

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination
No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks . . . except for one little quiz on employment law issues that come up during the summer. Don’t worry about your score – I’m told that Teacher already has her flip-flops packed and is on her way to Cancun. No. 1. You are the office… Continue Reading

Employers, the ADA interactive process applies to post-offer medical examination, too

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination
True or false: A rotator cuff injury is a "disability" within the meaning of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The best answer is “In all likelihood.” A minor tear that can be repaired may not be a disability (it depends), but a severe injury, or one that is inoperable with residual limitations, probably is. True… Continue Reading

Trojan travails: Coach Sarkisian’s alcoholism-discrimination lawsuit against USC

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, California FEHA, Discrimination, Retaliation
Readers have been clamoring for my take on the alcoholism-discrimination lawsuit filed by Steve Sarkisian against the University of Southern California. Actually, I got one email from a reader, who had a better take on the whole situation than I do. But who cares! I still think it’s a great topic, and a case worth following! Here’s the deal,… Continue Reading

When terminating an employee, is a clean break better than a long limbo?

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Employment at Will, Workers' Compensation
If you have a poor performer, is it better to make a clean break and fire him, or is it better to prolong his (and your) agony? That is obviously a biased question, but some employers will do almost anything to avoid firing an employee, including the following: Nothing Issue 8 bazillion warnings but never act on… Continue Reading

Another employer pays for “Sorry, I can’t go”

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Drug Testing, Transportation Industry
Last October, I posted about a consent decree entered into between Wal-Mart and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in which Wal-Mart agreed to pay $72,500 to candidate for a store job in Maryland whose offer was withdrawn because she couldn’t undergo a urine test for drugs. The candidate had end-stage renal disease. Now, Kmart has… Continue Reading

5 legal traps for the wariest employer

Posted in Affirmative Action, Americans with Disabilities Act, Employment at Will, Family and Medical Leave Act, Gender Identity Discrimination, Harassment, Protected Concerted Activity, Retaliation, Wage-Hour
You’re an employer who tries to do the right thing. But what hidden traps are out there, waiting to grab your ankle and yank you into a lawsuit? Here are a few that cause trouble for even the best employers:… Continue Reading

ADA interactive process: A quiz for employers

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act
What do you really know about the “interactive process” under the Americans with Disabilities Act? This is one area in which I am always getting questions, and I think it’s the terminology that scares employers. “Interactive process” sounds so intimidating. Instead of “interactive process,” it should be called “sit-down.” When an individual needs a reasonable accommodation,… Continue Reading

3 employer bummers: Veganism a “religion,” ADA interactive process fails, and costly severance mistake

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Civil Procedure, Discrimination, Employment at Will, Family and Medical Leave Act
A court says veganism might be a "religion" requiring accommodation, a school district gets nailed for failing to engage in the "interactive process" under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and yet another employer makes an avoidable and very expensive mistake with a severance package. Fun and games!… Continue Reading

The EEOC’s 5 warnings about medical leaves and the ADA

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Family and Medical Leave Act
In a public hearing conducted by the EEOC on leaves of absence and the ADA, an attorney for the agency provided five warnings for employers. This is a smokin' hot subject, particularly in light of the ADA Amendments Act and its regulations, the "new," more activist EEOC under Chair Jacqueline Berrien, and two recent multi-million-dollar settlements in leave-of-absence lawsuits brought by the EEOC against Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Supervalu, Inc. (Jewel-Osco).… Continue Reading

How to Survive the ADAAA: Seven Best Practices for Employers

Posted in Discrimination
The most important thing to remember about the ADAAA is that, for the most part, all it does is change (albeit drastically) the definition of "disability." The ADAAA does not affect the old ADA's anti-discrimination, reasonable accommodation, confidentiality, or "medical examination" provisions. As a practical matter, what this means is that employers will no longer be able to rely on the defense of "no disability," but if they avoid discrimination and handle reasonable accommodation requests well, they should still be able to avoid liability. With that "bottom line," here are my best practices for staying out of trouble in light of the ADAAA… Continue Reading