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Reasonable Accommodations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

How have the interactive process and reasonable accommodations for disabilities changed due to COVID-19? As COVID-19 changes the employment law landscape, government agencies continue to...

Telework During Pandemic Could Affect Future Remote Work Requests

If an employer allows employees to telework during the COVID-19 pandemic, will the employer have to allow them to continue teleworking after the California...

Medical Proof of Disability Needed to Start Accommodation Process

One of my employees who has been with the company for a few years (and who was about to get written up for failing...

Small Firm Eyes Medical Leave Policies to Put in Employee Handbook

We are a small company of 30 employees. Are we required to have a medical leave policy in our employee handbook? Many different types of...

Potential Family Leave Act Factors in Time Off for Grandchild’s Birth

My employee wants to take federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave when her daughter has a baby. Can I deny her request? Typically,...

Smelly Smoker Can Be Cause for Discipline, But Remember Other Rights

Our employee is a smoker and comes in from breaks reeking of cigarette smoke. What can I do? Also, can I ask applicants if...

Dialogue with Employee Key Part of Deciding Whether to Extend Leave

Our employee has used up all of her Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, but called today to request an extension of time. Do...

‘Association Discrimination’ Claims Growing Area of Labor Law

My employee has asked for a different schedule due to his child’s disability. He needs to take the child to regular medical treatment. Do...

Federal Court: Current Drug Use Not Protected Under Disabilities Act

A recent federal court decision is a good reminder that applicants or employees who currently use illegal drugs or marijuana or abuse alcohol are...

Work with Employee on Reasonable Accommodation for Health Issue

Our employee is having seizures but continues to work and doesn’t ask for any accommodations; what are our obligations? First and foremost, the health and...

Governor Signs Job Creator Promoting Disability Access

A California Chamber of Commerce-supported job creator bill that incentivizes disability access and education was signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. this week. SB...

Two Job Creator Bills Pass; One Fails in Senate Committee

A California Chamber of Commerce-supported job creator bill that incentivizes disability access and education won unanimous bipartisan approval from the Assembly Appropriations Committee this...

No Definitive List of Disabilities in Federal or California Law

My employee says she has a fragrance sensitivity and is demanding that I purchase unscented products for our cleaning service to use, even though...

Disability Access Reform/Education Bill Still Alive

A California Chamber of Commerce-sponsored job creator bill that incentivizes disability access and education awaits assignment to an Assembly policy committee after passing the...

Disability Access/Education Bill Passes Senate Policy Committees

A California Chamber of Commerce-sponsored job creator bill that incentivizes disability access and education passed two Senate policy committees this week. SB 251 (Roth; D-Riverside)...

Help Available to Determine Facilities’ Accessibility Compliance

Making sure that a business is accessible to all members of the public, including those with disabilities, can be challenging in California. One way to...