ADA / Disabilities in the Workplace

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.

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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