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While the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) requires employers to reasonably accommodate disabled employees, there are limits. One involves the permanent reassignment of essential functions to other employees.
Q. An employee just notified HR he would like to take immediate leave under the California Family Rights Act. Can we require more notice?
Q. We recently hired someone we didn’t know has a severe allergy to peanuts. If she even smells peanut butter, she has a severe allergic reaction, requiring her to use an EpiPen and head to the emergency room. Could we have refused to hire her if we had known about her allergies?