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What constitutes mental illness under the ADA guidelines?

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What constitutes mental illness under the ADA guidelines? New federal rules regarding mentally ill employees have made the Americans with Disabilities Act even more complicated for some employers. When a worker wants to request accommodation for a mental disability, statements such as “I’m stressed out” or “I’m taking time off” can serve as sufficient notice to you. The request can be oral, by e-mail or by normal written memo. And other individuals, such as coworkers or family, who attest to a worker’s mental condition can validate an employee’s claim in some cases. You can require the employee to see an appropriate health professional if the worker does not submit enough evidence to support the disability or the need for reasonable accomodation.

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