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 […]
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 […]
Over my 30-year career in rehabilitation, I’ve worked with employers in hundreds of industries, each with unique questions and concerns when it comes to accommodating their employees. As a vocational consultant, it’s my responsibility to understand each employer’s specific needs and best recommend an individualized support plan to help bring employees back to work after a disability absence or stay at work through an accommodation.
Health care costs are steadily increasing, causing many employers to make adjustments to their company’s benefits offerings. Now, instead of offering employer-sponsored coverage, companies are turning to voluntary products to save money.
Employers often think employees coming back to work after a disability leave need to be 100 percent healthy to be productive. Unfortunately, this kind of thinking could cause employers to find themselves with an ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) complaint or in hot water with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). To avoid these circumstances, employers should understand how to comply with the ADAAA.
With the 2008 enactment of the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) to include a broad range of disabilities, most leaves of absence — or Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) cases — need to be scrutinized for ADAAA compliance. While many employers think their obligations end after FMLA protection has been satisfied, ADAAA regulations may extend an employer’s obligations.