If you use contingent workers, both you and the staffing agency may be considered "employers," which means you share the duty of accommodating a disabled worker, according to new guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
The EEOC says your company can't ask disability-related questions or require medical exams until after a worker has been offered employment.
At work, you and the staffing firm are both responsible for reasonable accommodations. Although the staffing firm is generally responsible during the application process, the EEOC says the client firm still might violate the ADA if it knows or has reason to know that the staffing firm isn't doing its duty.
The EEOC's advice: Spell out in your contracts with staffing firms who will pay for accommodations and how they'll be provided. To read the text of the guidance, visit www.eeoc.gov/docs/guidance-contingent.html.
Like what you've read? ...Republish it and share great business tips!
Attention: Readers, Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Media, Webmasters and more...
We believe great content should be read and passed around. After all, knowledge IS power. And good business can become great with the right information at their fingertips. If you'd like to share any of the insightful articles on BusinessManagementDaily.com, you may republish or syndicate it without charge.
The only thing we ask is that you keep the article exactly as it was written and formatted. You also need to include an attribution statement and link to the article.
" This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/963/you-and-staffing-firm-share-ada-responsibility "
- If you need to discipline, verify facts with several sources
- Upstate sporting goods store fined for endangering workers
- Advocates push for equal rights for illegal alien workers in N.J.
- Think odd employee might benefit from mental exam? Talk to a lawyer first
- One less tune for whistle-blowers to play: Sarbanes-Oxley Act trumps Colorado common law