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ADA: How far must you go to ‘reasonably’ accommodate?

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THE LAW. The Americans with Dis-abilities Act (ADA) says employers can't discriminate against employees who have physical or mental disabilities, and you must help them perform the critical functions of their jobs. The law requires you to discuss with employees how to "reasonably accommodate" their disabilities. But your accommodations only have to go so far; they're not meant to put you out of business. You're not required to adjust a job if you can show that the change would fundamentally alter the "essential functions" of the job.

WHAT'S NEW. Increasingly, courts are ruling that employers don't have to accommodate an employee for a particular job if the employee can perform other similar jobs without accommodation. The reason: Many disabilities don't limit an employee's ability to work, only his or her ability to perform a particular job.

HOW TO COMPLY. Reasonable ac-commodations are adjustments to jobs, employme...(register to read more)

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