Human Resources News & Insights

The seemingly innocent interview questions that could get you in legal hot water

Many times, hiring managers — in an innocent attempt to make an interviewee more comfortable — ask questions that could put the company in legal peril down the line.  

Hiring disabled workers is good for the bottom line, too

Many companies already try to hire a variety of employees, like those with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD). But in case you need another reason to do so, a study says hiring qualified workers who have an IDD can be good for the bottom line. 

Could meds’ adverse side effects count as disability?

Can the side effects of prescription medications qualify as disabilities all by themselves?

Could a lack of a ride to work call for ADA accommodation?

A lot of the so-called business experts say the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) could well turn into employers’ biggest headache over the next decade. A recent federal case in Pennsylvania could well be a harbinger of things to come.

Could compulsive eating fall under ADA?

The latest draft manual of the American Psychiatric Association recommends that compulsive eating and gambling be recognized as mental “disabilities.” Does that mean they’ll fall under the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Help from DOL: New Web site on disability hiring

Need some more info on workplace disability law? A new online resource might help.

New disabilities law: New lawsuits?

After a series of U.S. Supreme Court rulings that tightened the definitions of “disabled” in the workplace, the U.S. Senate fired back with a law that expanded the definitions — and expanded the potential for employee lawsuits. 

Our favorite Web sites: Managing disability accommodations

“I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” This time it might be true, at least for one U.S. Dept. of Labor Web site that points you toward help in figuring out disability accommodations – and how to avoid complaints and lawsuits that arise from accommodation mistakes.