Prepare for the ADA long haul: Disability accommodation isn’t a one-time event

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Disabled employees who need reasonable accommodations are entitled to what the ADA calls the interactive reasonable accommo­­dations process. What exactly that means varies by the individual and may change over time.

Employers that consider the interactive process as a one-time thing may end up in court.

Here’s why: Some disabilities be­­come more serious over time and employees’ accommodation needs may change. Other disabilities change; employees sometimes need accommodations, sometimes they don’t. Accommo­­dations themselves may need to adapt as new medical treatments or workplace technologies emerge.

Advice: Regularly review accommodations—especially when an employee makes a fresh request for assistance. Remember, employees don’t have to submit requests in writing.

Recent case: Sandra, a nurse at the VA Medical Center in Butler, Pa., had a mouthful of dental fillings that contained mercury. As a result, she sometimes lost ...(register to read more)

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