Court Cases Show Mistakes to Avoid in ADA Compliance

Staying compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) presents various challenges for employers, and these challenges have only increased in the last two years during the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s a lot of complexity in determining what’s a covered condition and what’s an essential job function. Two of the biggest problems are employees who want…

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Sands Shift for Background Screening for Manufacturers

Manufacturers have other reasons to want to know about their workers. Manufacturing employees often operate equipment or control processes that require vigilant attention and where, for example, drug impairment might have severe consequences. In addition, other manufacturing employees have access to large quantities of valuable supplies, making potential theft a costly risk. Background checks are…

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Punching Out: The Dire State of Worker Mental Health

From February 2020 to February 2022, Google searches for same-day mental health services and centers for workplace mental health each grew by 1,300% and searches for “how to ask for a mental health day” grew by 1,000%, according to marketing platform Semrush. Searches for mental health strategy increased by 133%, mental wellness by 52% and…

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Jury Awards $450,000 for Employer’s Termination of Employee After Receiving Notice About Anxiety Disorder

On March 31, 2022, a Kentucky jury unanimously awarded $450,000 to an employee, who was terminated following two panic attacks the employee suffered at work. The jury concluded the employee’s anxiety disorder was a disability and that the employee suffered an adverse action because of his disability. Brief Background In Berling v. Gravity Diagnostics, LLC,…

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Strong Pay, Onboarding Strategies Crucial as Workers Maintain ‘Upper Hand,’ Recruiting Firm Says

Employee confidence is high, making it crucial that employers prioritize pay and a robust onboarding experience, a March reportfrom recruiting firm Employ Inc. concluded. Thirty-five percent of job seekers responding to a survey said it’s easier to find a job this year than last year. And one-third said they’d be comfortable quitting their job without…

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Intersection of ADA, COVID-19 Requires Creative Reopening Policies, EEOC Official Says

The EEOC has received hundreds of charges involving both COVID-19 vaccination and the ADA, according to Evangeline Hawthorne, the agency’s Tampa field office director. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has received thousands of charges related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. As of December 2021, more than 2,700 charges were related to COVID-19 vaccines,…

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When Should HR Step in for Conflict Resolution?

In an ideal workplace, there would be no conflicts, but anyone who has worked in an office knows this isn’t always the case. With a variety of personalities and different work styles, it can be an amazing experience when teams are cohesive, but if organizations are not aligned, it can be the cause of conflict…

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