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Be prepared to prove why remote work isn’t a reasonable disability accommodation

In many cases, disabled workers qualify for telework as an ADA reasonable accommodation if working from home instead of an office enables them to perform their job’s essential functions. However, that doesn’t mean employers must always grant a request to work remotely. If the job simply can’t be done offsite, then telework isn’t a reasonable accommodation.

Accommodating employees with visual impairments

About 18.4% of all U.S. adults are visually impaired, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Visual impairments and related limitations may qualify as disabilities under the ADA and require reasonable accommodations.

Yes, the ADA applies to remote workplaces, too

Employers with 15 or more workers are required to comply with the ADA—even when those employees work remotely. In addition, employers must reasonably accommodate disabled applicants during the hiring process even if job interviews are conducted remotely.

Help staff with hearing impairments succeed

The ADA requires employers to reasonably accommodate disabled applicants and employees so they can perform the essential functions of their jobs. What’s reasonable depends on the size of the employer, its assets and resources, and whether the requested accommodation is unduly expensive or disruptive.

Proposed rules explain how to comply with PWFA

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which took effect June 27, requires employers with 15 or more employees to make reasonable accommodations when workers need them because of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, such as fertility treatments or postpartum depression.

Add COVID brain fog to the growing list of disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation

According to a new study published in The Lancet, individuals who contracted COVID-19 and experienced continuing or recurring symptoms like brain fog often experience lasting cognitive damage. For employers and the supervisors who manage employees with long-COVID brain fog, it means offering reasonable accommodations when requested.

ADA: Consider hybrid work as possible reasonable accommodation

Under the ADA, disabled workers may be entitled to modified work schedules if it will allow them to perform the essential functions of their jobs. However, most courts recognize that in-person work can be an essential job function. But then there’s hybrid work in which employees sometimes report to their employers’ premises and sometimes work from home. Can hybrid work be a reasonable accommodation for a disabled worker?

Is working a 16-hour shift an essential function? Maybe

The ADA requires employers to make reasonable accommodations so disabled employees can perform the essential functions of their jobs. Generally, employers get to determine which functions are essential and which are not. Courts tend to defer to an employer’s assessment of what’s essential and what is not when determining whether a reasonable accommodation is possible. However, it’s not a slam-dunk that they will.

EEOC releases guidance on accommodating employees with visual disabilities

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 18.4% of all U.S. adults are blind or have “some” or “a lot” of difficulty seeing, even when wearing corrective lenses.

How to accommodate employees who suffer from migraines

Headaches are one of the most commonly experienced medical conditions. In fact, more than 80% of adults will experience tension headaches from time to time. They’re easily treatable with over-the-counter medications. But about 12% of Americans suffer from a far more debilitating and hard-to-treat condition: migraine headaches. Here’s your guide to accommodating workers who suffer from migraines.