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Alcoholism: Be prepared to accommodate it under both the ADA and the FMLA

Responding to the latest federal Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey, more than half of U.S. adults reported drinking alcohol in the previous 30 days. One study placed the overall cost of alcohol abuse at more than $249 billion per year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says employers bear 72% of that cost because of lost productivity.

Consider single process for accommodations

Now might be the right time to standardize your processes for handling reasonable accommodations. Two new laws requiring accommodations just went on the books.

DOL: Fresh guidance on remote worker rights, FMLA vs. ADA

The Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division on Feb. 9 issued two new guidance documents affecting employers with remote workers and FMLA-eligible employees who must work reduced schedules to manage their serious health conditions.

Long COVID may affect 7% of infected employees

A study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute found that, while long-COVID prevalence was highest among workers who were hospitalized during an acute stage of disease, even some workers who needed limited medical care following infection developed long-COVID symptoms.

New: EEOC has guidance on hearing disabilities at work

A new Q&A document from the EEOC offers advice on how employers can comply with the ADA by accommodating applicants and employees with hearing disabilities.

ADHD diagnoses skyrocket: Here’s how to accommodate

We’re experiencing an explosion of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and the adult version may be far more prevalent than previously believed.

How to manage pregnancy-related accommodations

With the recent passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, all pregnant women are now entitled to reasonable accommodations for pregnancy-related complications. A recent case decided before the PWFA became law offers tips on how to handle pregnancy-related accommodation requests.

EEOC settles its first COVID remote-work claim

In the EEOC’s first COVID-related claim where remote work was deemed an accommodation under the ADA, an employee who became sick at work with a fever and uncontrollable cough claims she was fired for refusing to return to the office.

Autistic employee fired after 37 years: McDonald’s will pay $100,000 to settle

Two months after a new franchisee took over a McDonald’s restaurant, management fired Anthony, an employee with autism, who had worked at McDonald’s for 37 years, earning excellent performance reviews and accolades.

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act passes House, shot down in Senate

A bipartisan group of senators tried, in early December, to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. The act resembles the Americans with Disabilities Act in requiring employers of 15 or more employees to make reasonable accommodations to allow pregnant workers to continue working safely.