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Why it’s important to shift your thinking when accommodating employees

As a former HR manager, I know the internal struggle you may often face when an employee experiences a medical condition at work. Because of your training, you’re hyper-focused on treating employees equally. From hiring practices to benefits administration, you know the parameters and federal rules that have been established to ensure your organization isn’t […]

Transitional work agreements: return-to-work solutions for employees

For an employee on a disability leave, returning to work is a huge step forward in their recovery. Not only does it signal that his or her health is improving, but it also signals a return to “normal” life. However, some employees may want to return to work, but might not be able to take […]

Commentary: 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Last week marked the 25-year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). After our first thought — wow, how time has flown by! — we both were equally struck by how far society as a whole has come to making sure employees with disabilities are accepted in the workforce. In 1990, the ADA was […]

Terminate or extend leave? Tips for difficult return-to-work situations

You’re at a crossroads with an employee leave. You don’t know when this individual plans to return to work. You’re uncertain if you can retain this employee. Now, you need to make some choices about terminating the employee or extending the approved leave. What route do you choose? I’ve met with a number of employers […]

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 […]

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