THE LAW: The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects workers age 40 or older from discrimination because of their age. The ADA prohibits employers from discriminating against a qualified individual with a disability as long as the individual can perform the job’s essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.
In 2008, Congress expanded ADA coverage with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act that orders courts to interpret the definition of disabilities broadly.
WHAT’S NEW: What’s new is what’s old—specifically the American workforce. Many baby boomers are likely to forgo or delay retirement due to the demise of pensions and depleted cash-balance retirement plans.
Also, as boomers age, the probability is greater they will need a reasonable accommodation to cope with a disability.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) commissioned a study to ex...(register to read more)
- If pay varies widely, document rationale for disparity
- Treat all harassers equally, regardless of their sex
- Be prepared to answer the question: Are you biased, or is employee overly sensitive?
- Federal court to decide: Does firing a pregnant employee violate public policy in N.C.?
- Sample Policy: Harassment