At The Podium
Employment Matters: ADA, FMLA and Workers’ Compensation Leave
In May 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a new guidance document addressing the intersection of employer-provided leave of absence and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This document does not create any new EEOC agency policy or propose any new law; rather, it consolidates current guidance on the ADA, employer leave policies, reasonable accommodations, the interactive process, undue hardship, and other relevant sub-topics. While the EEOC guidance document is not binding law, employers should take it into consideration when making decisions related to leaves of absence.
While speaking at the 2017 Workers’ Comp Conference sponsored by Comanche County Memorial Hospital and MMG Occupational Medicine McAfee & Taft labor and employment attorney Josh Solberg discusses the overlapping of leave issues under the ADA, Family and Medical Leave Act, and state workers’ compensation laws.
- Employer obligations under the FMLA
- How to identify if an employee is eligible for FMLA leave
- What constitutes a “request” for accommodation under the ADA?
- Types of possible accommodations
- Steps in the interactive accommodation process
- Review of Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation statute
- Tips for handling an on-the-job injury