When Must Employers Offer ADA Accommodations? 21:29, June 24, 2016

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Author: LawRoom Blog

To be required under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to offer an accommodation, an employer must have reason to know: (1) that an employee has a disability (2) that an employee has a problem at work (3) that (1) and (2) are related An employer may know (1) and (2), but the employer isn’t […]

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The California minimum wage is rising to $9 per hour starting July 1, 2014. This $1 increase over the current $8 minimum will make our wage floor one of the highest in the nation, but it’ll still be lower than our northern neighbors. In January 2014, Oregon’s minimum rises to $9.10 and Washington’s to $9.32. The […]

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California law (AB 1825) requires employers to provide two hours of anti-harassment training to supervisors every two years. The training must include (among other things) the legal definitions of harassment and discrimination under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). During the 2013 legislative season, Governor Brown signed a number of bills affecting employment. […]

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The US Hazard Communication (HazCom) standard is going global. In 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised federal regulations to align them with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). That means we’re going to start seeing new container labels for hazardous chemicals and new Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), which […]

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Mothers with infants make up a significant segment of the US workforce, and the number is increasing every year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 57% of all women with infants under a year old are working or looking for work. But when new mothers return to work, lack of information and support leads […]

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Starting October 2013, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers to distribute to employees a notice about the new Health Insurance Exchange (or “marketplace”). It’s one of the “Employer Responsibilities” under the federal healthcare reform law. Although the ACA’s Shared Responsibility (“play-or-pay”) and IRS reporting requirements for organizations with 50 or more […]

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For over a decade, California employers have been required to provide new mothers with a private place and a reasonable amount of extra break time whenever they need to express (pump) breast milk. Before 2013, there was an exception that applied to smaller (under 50 employee) companies, which allowed these employers to refuse an accommodation […]

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When we think about “a law,” we usually mean a statute that is enacted when a majority of legislators vote to pass a bill that is signed by the Governor or President. In addition to statutory law, the executive agencies – such as the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission […]

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California employers often send employees to work temporarily in other states. For example, California workers may attend a trade show in a Las Vegas for a few days, travel to New Orleans for a week-long training, work in a company’s facility in Ohio for a few weeks, or staff a temporary project in New York […]

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Suppose you ask employees to report to an alternative site first thing in the morning, rather than commuting to the office. It might be for training, or a client meeting, or to pick up supplies. Do you owe them for their travel time and mileage for their drive from their homes to the alternative site? […]

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