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Accommodations on the Job: Successful Strategies

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Jennifer Garbarini

on 15 May 2013

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Accommodations on the Job:
Successful Strategies Written by Kristin Buehl, J.D.
and Holly Clark, SPHR, CCP

Presented by Jenn Garbarini, B.A. What is an Accommodation? The Law: When to request accommodations: How to Request Accomodations: The Rights: What now? When Employees Deny Accommodations: Accommodations strive to:

1) Allow a person with disabilities to be employed by minimizing workplace obstacles.

2) Provide them with auxiliary aids and services that will minimize the impact of their disability on the job.

Can you think of any examples? Title I of the ADA protects "qualified" employees with "disabilities".

A "qualified" employee is an individual who has the knowledge and skills to perform essential functions of the positions without reasonable accommodations.

A "disability" is defined as having a physical or mental handicap that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Title I of the ADA requires employees to request accommodations whenever they are found necessary.

It is better for the employers to know early in the hiring process. Let your employer know that your need an accommodation due to a medical condition.

Be sure to request the proper documentation.

Helpful to make sure the request is in writing. Find out why and provide proper documentation.

Recommend other options.

Work together with the employer.

Appeal to senior management

File a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Commission This Article Answers: - What does the law say?

- How can employees request accommodations?

- Who are eligible for accommodations?

- What happens when employers deny accommodations? Issues One May Encounter Typically, accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis.

Some HR representatives may not have experience with certain disabilities and the appropriate accommodations.

Be prepared if the interviewer does not know how to react. Successful Strategies! How can we effectively use this article? Personal Use

Counseling Tool

Educational Audiology

Occupational Audiology

Industrial Audiology


??? References: Buehl, K., & Clark, H. (2007). Accommodations on the Job: Successful Strategies. Volta Voices, Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

1) Prohibits employment discrimination against people and disabilities.

2) Creates an affirmative duty on the part of the employer to provide reasonable accomodations. Who can Legally Provide Accommodations? According to Title I of ADA:

Employers with 15 or more employees who work each workday for at least 20 weeks in a year are required to provide accommodations for their workers.

This includes employment agencies, labor organizations and joint labor-management committees. What is a "reasonable" accommodation? An accommodation is "reasonable" if it does not place an "undue hardship" on the employer.

"Undue Hardship" includes:
Nature and cost of the accommodation
Size of employer
Employer's Financial Resources
Employer's Operations Discuss your disability openly. Be honest!!

Understand your job responsibilities and potential situations you would need accommodations.

Be knowledgeable about accommodations and communicate.

Be flexible to the possible accommodation options.

Make an effort to educate others so that your coworkers are comfortable.
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