June 13, 2018

How To Handle Disability Leaves

Harassment & Discrimination, Paid Sick Leave, Reasonable Accommodation

One of the main areas where I see employers botch their legal duties to their employees (and thereby potentially invite lawsuits) arises with employees who request disability leaves. There are different laws that provide for disability-related leave, such as the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the analogous California Family Rights Act (CFRA) (both of which apply only to employers with 50 or more employees), as well as California’s Pregnancy Disability Leave law. But the most common type of leave requested is disability leave under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

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August 14, 2017

Knowing When To Initiate The “Interactive Process” Is Key To Avoiding Disability Discrimination Lawsuits

CA Employee Handbooks, Harassment & Discrimination, Reasonable Accommodation

California employers with five or more employees have an affirmative legal duty to provide reasonable accommodation to their employees with physical or mental disabilities unless doing so would cause undue hardship. This duty requires the employer to engage in an “interactive process,” which is the means by which a reasonable accommodation is selected. Not knowing when to initiate the interactive process is one of the biggest missteps that employers can make, which may lead to costly disability discrimination lawsuits down the line.

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