Human Resources News & Insights

How letting an employee drink juice on the job could’ve saved this company $700K

  Most employers would be happy to deal with an accommodation request that was as simple as keeping a bottle of juice nearby. 

ADA: Is attendance automatically an essential job function? Court says …

  As HR pros already know, disabled employees still need to be able to perform the essential functions of their job, with or without an accommodation. 

Supreme Court declines ADA leave case: Why that’s not a bad thing

So the Supreme Court decided not to tackle whether extended leave is a reasonable ADA accommodation. But that could be more good news than bad for employers.

Court ruling highlights when alcoholism is and isn’t ADA-protected

A recent ADA lawsuit shows that saying you are disabled and proving it in court are two very different things. 

Cost of denying an employee extended leave? $4.5 million

Though several court rulings have sided with employers that denied extended leave as an ADA accommodation, the issue is far from settled. And a recent lawsuit shows that employers denying additional leave is still a risky proposition.

In case you missed them: Top 10 biggest HR stories of 2017

2017 was a big year for news in general, but here are the most popular HR Morning stories of the year. 

ADA lawsuit: Can you force an unstable employee to see a doctor?

Here’s a tricky scenario for any HR pro: You have reason to believe that an employee, who has suddenly started showing increasingly erratic behavior, is struggling to do her job and negatively impacting her co-workers. What can you do?

When does ADA leave become unreasonable? Courts & EEOC say …

Many questions spring up for employers when an employee exhausts their FMLA leave but still can’t return to work. Are you required to give them more leave under the ADA? If so, how much additional leave is too much? Can you fire them for needing too much time off? 

Fully healed policies: Court ruling highlights new danger for HR

It’s not uncommon for employers to have some type of company-wide policy requiring all employees on leave to get a doctor certification that they’re cleared to come back to work. But as a recent lawsuit shows, if that policy is fairly rigid, it can put your company in legal danger. It can also lead to […] [MORE]

ADA dilemma: Did over-accommodating disabled worker leave company trapped?

Say a well-meaning manager wants to do the right thing for a disabled worker and winds up offering an accommodation that goes above and beyond what the ADA requires. Then, when management changes, a different manager decides the arrangement is no longer feasible. Is the company bound by law to continue providing that accommodation?