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EEOC Provides COVID-19 Guidance Via Webinar (Part II)

[04/21/20]

Posted on April 21, 2020 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

As we discussed here, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently conducted a webinar regarding employment practices amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. During the webinar, the EEOC analyzed 22 employment-related questions. In the previous article, we addressed the first 11 questions of the webinar. We will now cover the last 11 questions for your review.... READ MORE

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EEOC Updates ADA Guidance for Employers During COVID-19 Pandemic

[03/23/20]

Posted on March 23, 2020 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

This week the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued new guidance on how to adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the Rehabilitation Act amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As we discussed here and reiterated in the new EEOC guidance, the ADA and Rehabilitation Act do not interfere with employers following the Centers... READ MORE

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Coronavirus – Key Issues Facing Health Care Employers

[03/12/20]

Posted on March 12, 2020 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

Updated on 3/16/2020 With concerns over the spread of a novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”), hospitals and health care providers face a unique situation as employers and care providers. As a result, health care employers will need to navigate a variety of legal obligations in preparing for and responding to potential COVID-19 cases, as well as... READ MORE

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Sixth Circuit Rules “Smoking Gun” Email May Show Employee “Regarded As” Disabled Was Fired Under False Pretext

[11/21/19]

Posted on November 21, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care, Litigation Analysis

Published by: Hall Render

On November 6, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals clarified the standard to establish a claim under the “regarded as” prong of discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and explained the type of evidence that supports an inference that an employer’s reasons for an employee’s termination are “pretextual” and actually motivated by discrimination. Factual Background A nurse anesthetist, Paula E. Babb, insisted her former employer... READ MORE

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Future Impairments Caused by Obesity Not Covered by ADA

[11/01/19]

Posted on November 1, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

Health care providers who staff for safety-sensitive positions should take notice of a Seventh Circuit appeals panel ruling on October 29, 2019, that an obese applicant cannot claim a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act for an employer’s rejection of him over concerns about future possible health conditions and related safety concerns arising... READ MORE

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Seventh Circuit: Obesity Alone Is Not Protected Under the ADA

[07/09/19]

Posted on July 9, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On June 12, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit joined the Second, Sixth and Eighth Circuits in determining that without evidence of an underlying physiological disorder, a plaintiff’s weight does not qualify as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). In the Seventh Circuit case Richardson v. Chicago... READ MORE

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Consider Website and Other Technology Accessibility Obligations to Better Serve Your Community and Avoid Litigation and Loss of Federal Funding

[03/01/19]

Posted on March 1, 2019 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

Health care providers are increasingly relying on technology to market, communicate with and otherwise provide services to their community, such as information about services provided on the website, patient portals, check-in kiosks and mobile applications. In using technology to communicate with patients and the larger community, it is important to remember the importance of... READ MORE

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EEOC Challenges Return-to-Work Policies Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

[11/29/17]

Posted on November 29, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

Another Reason to Review Your Medical Leave of Absence Policies and Practices The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has long maintained that inflexible leave of absence policies violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). One national employer (an airline and one of its regional carriers) recently entered into a 35-page consent decree with... READ MORE

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EEOC Resource Documents on Transgender Employee Bathroom Access and Leaves of Absence for Employees with Disabilities

[05/12/16]

Posted on May 12, 2016 in HR Insights for Health Care

Written by: Jonathon A. Rabin

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently published resource documents on two hot topics in the labor and employment world: bathroom access for transgender employees and leaves of absence for disabled workers. The EEOC notes that its resource documents do not create new policy, are not voted on by the Commission and are... READ MORE

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EEOC Issues Proposed Rule on Application of the ADA to Employer Wellness Programs

[04/21/15]

Posted on April 21, 2015 in HR Insights for Health Care

Written by: Calvin R. Chambers

On April 16, 2015, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced the issuance of a proposed rule that would describe how Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) applies to employer wellness programs that are part of group health plans. The proposed rule was officially published in the Federal Register on... READ MORE

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