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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 […]

The disability mindset: what it is and how to overcome it

We’re currently in the midst of a cultural shift: More people are fighting for awareness and acceptance of behavioral health conditions. Whether it’s events like World Mental Health Day or celebrities speaking publicly about their struggles with depression or substance abuse, we, as a society, are hearing more about behavioral health and its far-reaching impacts. […]

How to play nice in the FMLA and ADAAA sandbox

I recently read a story about a college faculty member who sued her employer for violating her rights under both FMLA and ADAAA. The story caught my eye because it shows the potential for both federal entitlements to exist in the same space and the challenges in trying to administer them. Separate but similar I […]

Supporting an employee seeking substance abuse treatment

I have written recently about two difficult and complicated issues facing employers today: alcohol and opioid abuse. The hope is that increased awareness of the issues involved when an employee struggles with substance abuse will increase the chances that he or she can receive treatment and successfully return to their job and a healthy, more […]

Five frequently asked questions about New York’s paid family leave program

Over the last few weeks, we’ve posted about what paid family leave benefits are and how they could be a fit for your organization. One of the biggest changes coming in the paid family leave space is New York’s upcoming implementation of a mandatory program. As of January 1, 2018, any private employer in New […]

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