ADA / Disabilities in the Workplace

The EEOC updated its Q&As on COVID-19 and the pandemic in light of the ADA and Rehabilitation Act. The highlights are as follows:

  • Employers may:
    • Require accurate and reliable COVID-19 tests in order to decide who may return to work when employees will be physically entering the workplace.
    • Ask employees who will be physically

The EEOC released two new guidance documents for employers on handling opioid abuse and addiction in the workplace. The first, Use and Misuse of Codeine, Oxycodone, and Other Opioids: Information for Employees, is intended for employees and describes what is and is not a covered disability. This guidance document makes it clear that the Americans

Governor DeWine signed an executive order on June 16, 2020 that provides exceptions to the general rule that employees may not refuse to return to the workplace following a COVID-19 pandemic layoff or work-at-home situation. Employees with “good cause” may remain at home and refuse to work and still receive unemployment benefits. Good cause includes:

As employers transition to return to work and return to in-office work, there will be employees who will be fearful of a return to work due to the risk of contracting COVID-19 in the workplace. How do employers handle those requests?

The employee fears contracting COVID-19 but has no underlying special risk factors

For those

According to the EEOC’s updated guidance, during the course of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, employers may use the “direct threat” exception to conduct medical tests of employees entering the workplace.

Ordinarily, an invasive antibody test or infection test for COVID-19 would be an impermissible medical examination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). However, this medical

The EEOC released additional guidance on the types of questions employers can ask about symptoms and diagnosis and handling COVID-19-related information. This information is important for those “essential” businesses continuing to operate and keep their employees safe.

What can employers ask when an employee calls in sick?

Employers may ask if the employee has symptoms

Paid Leave Bill Passed by House and Senate

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (HR 6201) just passed Congress with bipartisan support and was signed by President Trump on March 18th. Some changes were made from the original version I reported on in my blog on Monday morning, which is available here.

Temporary FMLA

Cannabidiol (known as “CBD”) is a compound naturally found in marijuana and hemp. For commercial use, it usually is extracted from hemp and combined with oil for vaporizing. It also can be found in creams and other products. It is being marketed as a treatment for pain, inflammation, anxiety, insomnia, epilepsy, and other illnesses.

In

Website accessibility seems to be a topic that companies choose to ignore until it is too late. Is your website compliant, and does it need to be?

Jamie LaPlante, a frequent lecturer across the country on the issue of website and app accessibility, outlines the legal background, statutory coverage, application of the ADA to websites