ADAAA

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 […]

The importance of documenting employees’ job functions

Wouldn’t it be great if life came with clear pre-written expectations? Fortunately, jobs usually do. Developing job descriptions, however, isn’t always a clean-cut process. Many employers struggle with developing job descriptions, as they think it’s not worth the time or effort. However, developing a job description is an important aspect of a company’s approach to […]

Writing job descriptions: three questions to help ensure success

Coming up with a list of all the necessary requirements for an employee to perform a job might not sound too difficult. Take, for example, an employee who works in manufacturing. Heavy lifting is likely an important part of the job, and belongs in the job description. But, how much do they have to lift […]

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 […]

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