Sixth Circuit Holds Telecommuting Not Always a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA

Sixth Circuit Holds Telecommuting Not Always a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA

Advancements in technology has expanded society’s notion of what constitutes “the workplace.”  As employers are now granting more requests to work from home, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has begun to view telecommuting as a legally required reasonable accommodation for many disabled employees who have difficulty getting to work. 

En Banc Sixth Circuit Reverses Itself and Finds That Nearly Unlimited Telecommuting is Not a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA

En Banc Sixth Circuit Reverses Itself and Finds That Nearly Unlimited Telecommuting is Not a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA

In EEOC v. Ford Motor Co., No. 12-2484 (6th Cir. Apr. 10, 2015), a case we blogged about previously here and here, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld summary judgment in favor of Ford and against the EEOC in an Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”) failure to accommodate lawsuit.

EEOC Issues Proposed Rule On Employee Wellness Programs and ADA Compliance

By | HR Legalist | April 21, 2015
EEOC Issues Proposed Rule On Employee Wellness Programs and ADA Compliance

On April 20, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) officially published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) providing guidance to employers as to how they can craft and implement employee wellness programs without violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which generally prohibits employers from making disability-related inquiries to employees or requiring that employees undergo medical examinations.

EEOC Wellness Program Regulations Offer Best Practices for Medical Record Confidentiality

EEOC Wellness Program Regulations Offer Best Practices for Medical Record Confidentiality

As reported on our Benefits Law Advisor, the EEOC has issued proposed wellness program regulations. Much of the attention to those proposed rules understandably will be how they would affect the incentives employers have implemented to spur their employees to engage in healthier behaviors.

EEOC Publishes Proposed Wellness Program Regulations

EEOC Publishes Proposed Wellness Program Regulations

Today the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published long-awaited proposed regulations on wellness programs (Proposed Regs) that are intended to harmonize certain provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with long-standing rules concerning wellness programs applicable to group health plans under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and more recently, the Affordable Care Act (ACA).