Wednesday, September 3, 2008

EEOC Issues ADA Guide

E3 The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission today issued a comprehensive question-and-answer guide addressing how the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to a wide variety of performance and conduct issues.

The guide:

reviews relevant ADA requirements and explains how they govern performance and conduct standards as applied to employees with disabilities.  Through examples based on actual cases and specific scenarios that the EEOC has learned about from employers and individuals with disabilities, this guide explains when and how performance and conduct standards should be applied and the appropriate role of reasonable accommodation. The guide explains how and when employees should request accommodations to help them meet performance requirements and comply with conduct rules, and how an employer should handle such requests.

Other topics addressed include issues related to attendance, dress codes, and drug and alcohol use, and the circumstances in which employers can ask questions about an employee’s disability when performance or conduct problems occur.


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