Category Archives: Americans with Disabilities Act

Jan 29, 2016  |   By Todd Stanton →

“Pregnancy Accommodation: Avoiding the Workplace Baby Blues”

An employee tells you she is pregnant. After the initial rush of happiness and congratulations, is there anything else to consider? “No problem,” you say, “she’ll work as usual. If she needs time off for a doctor’s appointment, no big deal. When she’s on maternity leave, we’ll hire a temp.” But what happens if she is unable to perform her usual job functions due to     Continue reading

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Nov 5, 2014  |   By Elizabeth Sigler →

Addressing Ebola in the Workplace: Fears and Facts

Ebola is on the minds of many in recent months, so it is perhaps unsurprising that HR managers have been bombarded with questions about how their companies will respond. OSHA and the CDC have released guidelines for specific high-risk sectors primarily aimed at disease prevention and control, but little guidance exists for workplaces where the risks are less direct. Below is an overview of major     Continue reading

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Featured, GINA, Labor Relations   |  

Aug 11, 2014  |   By Elizabeth Sigler →

New EEOC Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues

Last month the EEOC published new enforcement guidance on the application of federal laws prohibiting discrimination to pregnant employees in the workplace. The agency takes the position that employers must reasonably accommodate certain temporary impairments arising out of pregnancy that may be considered “disabilities” under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It further states that a failure to make such accommodation implicates not only the ADA,     Continue reading

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Featured, Pregnancy   |  

May 7, 2014  |   By Felicia Crawford-Smith →

3 Things Employers Should Do After an Employee is Arrested for a DUI

Last week I received a rather unusual call from a good friend who is a VP of HR at a well-known company outside of Atlanta.  It seems that Sheryl (not her real name) had been the recipient of an email from an employee in another department.  This employee’s email contained info on someone else at the company- who had been arrested for a DUI.  Sheryl     Continue reading

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, At Will Employment, Best HR Practices, Employee Performance Management, Featured, Guest Writers   |  

Oct 21, 2013  |   By Elizabeth Sigler →

“Derailers” and Employment Liability: Or, How to Get Out of the Way Before the Train Jumps its Tracks

Much of our advice to clients flows from observing two principles of human behavior, the first being: Angry people sue. Appreciating Principle #1 often helps employers navigate turmoil (or near-turmoil) with existing employees. Having patience and taking extra steps to manage employee expectations can sometimes avert or downgrade a brewing conflict, and proactively maintaining a positive workplace often prevents conflict all together. Yet no matter     Continue reading

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Best HR Practices, Employee Performance Management, Featured, Hiring and On-boarding, Respectful Workplace   |  

Apr 19, 2012  |   By Felicia Crawford-Smith →

HR Insider: Pregnancy & the ADA

I recently had lunch with a friend who is happily expecting her first child. While this is certainly an exciting time for her and her husband, she couldn’t help but be anxious about her company’s attitude concerning her pregnancy and the new arrival. Specifically, when she asked the company’s HR Manager about her options for time off before and after delivery, the Manager told her     Continue reading

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