Unsure about your accommodations obligations? Find out fast–or risk personal liability

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It can be tough working as an HR professional. The laws seem to evolve constantly, which makes it hard to know just what to do when facing a workplace crisis. But you must make a real effort to stay on top of the latest developments.

The consequences of ignorance, especially in a state like Pennsylvania, can be quite serious.

Consider, for example, the Pennsylvania Human Rights Act (PHRA), which is the commonwealth’s companion to federal employment laws such as the ADA and Title VII. The PHRA goes beyond most federal laws because it authorizes personal liability for those who “aid and abet” an act of discrimination. And as one recent case shows, aiding and abetting can include making a serious mistake about a reasonable accommodation request.

Recent case: Larry Bernhard worked as a salesman for Brown & Brown of Lehigh Valley, an insurance agency.

He was diagnosed with a life-threatening case of neck and throat cancer. He had...(register to read more)

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