Accommodating Disabilities Can Be Tricky
When an employee becomes disabled, it can be difficult for the employer to know how to proactively offer reasonable accommodations to help the employee return to work. A treating physician may only suggest very expensive accommodations or additional time off work. When is the employer allowed to suggest other options? How much time off work is reasonable? The Job Accommodation Network, found online at askjan.org, can be an invaluable resource for employers and employees in working together to find answers that fit their unique needs. This free service is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy. In addition to an ADA library, A-Z list of disabilities, and other online tools and publications, JAN also offers one-on-one consultations via live chat, email, or a toll free phone number.