Increase in Disability Cases Means HR Must Focus on Accommodations, Job Descriptions

Bloomberg BNA Human Resources Report

In this article, Littler shareholder Peter Petesch provides commentary on the increase in employees filing disability claims and the fact that more medical conditions are now covered under the amended Americans with Disabilities Act. ""What we are seeing is a lot more cases focused on ‘non-coverage’ core issues such as: ‘Is the individual qualified to perform the essential functions of the job? What are the essential functions of the job? Was the interactive process followed and, if the ball dropped, who dropped the ball—the employee by not cooperating or the employer?’" said Petesch.

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