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FAQs about the EEOC’s new pregnancy guidance

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination in July 2014, warning employers of their obligation to provide pregnant employees reasonable accommodations in the workplace and giving employers insight into how the EEOC will enforce future pregnancy-related issues under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). As expected, the guidance confirms that […]

Don’t hesitate to call your disability carrier

Have you hesitated to call your disability carrier for help with an employee’s stay-at-work accommodation? We get it. As a human resources professional, you barely have any time to spare for a phone call. But helping an employee who may be struggling at work with a medical condition can help with your organization’s productivity. Here […]

Help employees avoid feeling labeled

Living with an illness, injury or chronic condition can be challenging enough for anyone. But, when you consider that many people also must deal with these conditions in the workplace, the situation may feel impossible. At work, many employees can feel labeled by their medical condition, thinking that others — whether it’s fellow co-workers or […]

Take a team approach to mental health return-to-work plans

In any year, approximately 7 percent of the American workforce experiences a major depressive disorder.1 Even in the simplest of cases, returning to work after a mental health absence can be challenging due to an infinite number of variables that can interrupt the recovery process, including complex work interactions. As I’ve mentioned previously, helping an […]

Four tips for successful employee accommodations

We’ve discussed the accommodations process at length recently, and how managers play a crucial role as your eyes and ears for issues. But, of course, this process wouldn’t make it past the starting line without your expertise and support. As a disability and productivity consultant, I’ve worked with many HR professionals over the years on […]

Road map: three ways management can play a role in the accommodations process

Even though your passion as an HR representative is advocating for employees, you may not have the daily face time you need to identify employees in need of assistance early on, or know enough about an individual employee’s job duties to help with a return-to-work or stay-at-work plan. That’s why it is important for you […]

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