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OFCCP Posts New Sample AAPs for Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities

[05/28/15]

Posted on May 28, 2015 in HR Insights for Health Care

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OFCCP has posted new sample AAPs for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities in follow up to the substantially revised VEVRAA and Section 503 regulations that went into effect last year.  The samples show how covered federal contractors might satisfy their new regulatory requirements in their initial (aka “transition”) AAP year.  According to the... READ MORE

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Jury Awards $2.6 Million to Pharmacist with “Needle Phobia”

[01/28/15]

Posted on January 28, 2015 in HR Insights for Health Care

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Have you ever heard of trypanophobia? If not, it means a fear of needles, which, in this case, resulted in a jury verdict of $2.6 million to a Rite Aid pharmacist whose fear of needles prevented him from giving flu shot immunizations as a required part of his job. Is “Needle Phobia” an ADA... READ MORE

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OFCCP to Host Free Webinar on Recruitment of Individuals with Disabilities

[06/06/14]

Posted on June 6, 2014 in HR Insights for Health Care

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OFCCP will host a free 90-minute webinar on June 12, 2014 concerning best practices for outreach and recruitment of individuals with disabilities, including disabled veterans.  Colet Mitchell and Shaun McGill from the Office of Disability Employment Policy (“ODEP”) will be the presenters.  Registration for the webinar is available here. READ MORE

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How Do I Decide if a Request for a Leave of Absence Is a Reasonable Accommodation or Undue Hardship?

[03/03/14]

Posted on March 3, 2014 in HR Insights for Health Care

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As the EEOC continues to focus on the use of unpaid leave beyond policy limits as a potential reasonable accommodation and employees continue to request leave extensions, I am frequently asked: “How do I know when enough is enough?”  Unfortunately, the determination of an undue hardship is a factual issue, and the only way... READ MORE

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Is Indefinite Leave a Reasonable Accommodation?

[01/22/14]

Posted on January 22, 2014 in HR Insights for Health Care

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“Sicker than a Dog” Under the ADA, an employer is required to “reasonably accommodate” a “qualified individual with a disability.”  In this recent case, the court had occasion to consider whether an open-ended request for leave was “reasonable” when it was made by an employee who claimed to be “sicker than a dog” and... READ MORE

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Sleeping on the Job – Employer Gets a Wake-Up Call

[01/16/14]

Posted on January 16, 2014 in HR Insights for Health Care

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An employee who is caught sleeping on the job will usually end up getting fired. Indeed, this is what happened when a night shift employee was caught sleeping numerous times. The employee was given progressive warnings, including a final warning, before getting caught the last time and was fired. This seems pretty straightforward; however,... READ MORE

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Using Restraint in Your Job – Very Rare but Still Essential

[02/04/13]

Posted on February 4, 2013 in HR Insights for Health Care

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Sometimes the important things that an employee may be required to do in a job almost never happen.  Take for example a worker at a juvenile detention center who might one day have to physically restrain a violent youth who might be causing trouble at the facility.  It doesn’t happen often, but it certainly could.  Does... READ MORE

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