Human Resources News & Insights

First case of Internet addiction: The fallout for HR and the ADA

We may have just been introduced to the next disability du jour that could have employees asking for accommodations. 

Being a jerk isn’t an ADA-qualifying disability, court rules

Employers can breathe a sigh of relief. Common sense just won the day in a U.S. appeals court.

Iffy comments enough to trigger ADA obligations? Court says yes

Here’s the craziest Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) case we’ve come across recently. (Warning: The ruling is a little tough for employers to swallow.) 

3 red flags in EEOC’s first ADA lawsuit against wellness plan

In a groundbreaking move, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is suing an employer, alleging its wellness plan violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It’s a lawsuit well worth taking a gander at.

Not this company’s first day at the old ADA rodeo

From the looks of things, this retail chain could use a review of its policies on how to treat workers with disabilities.  

The latest ADA-covered activities: golf and sex

At this point, you should just assume that almost every life activity is covered under disability law, as this new case shows.  

Alcoholism and the ADA: Not as clear-cut as you think

When an employee struggles with alcoholism, does he qualify as disabled? 

She was a janitor — but she couldn’t use cleaning products

This company found itself in a jam when one of its maintenance staff received an odd workplace restriction from her doctor.

When timing can be critical after the firing decision’s made

When you decide to terminate an under-performing employee is an important moment, But equally important is exactly when you follow through with that termination decision. Forgetting that can be costly.  

She was overweight — did that make her disabled?

Is this where the buck stops with “obesity as disability” cases?