Punctuality is an important workplace policy that employers regularly enforce. Your company may overlook an employee showing up late a minute or two, as long as it doesn't become a habit. But for some employees, lateness is a habit. If that perpetually-late employee has a disability, is it fair to hold him/her to the rule the same as employees without disabilities? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) says it might not be fair. Your company should not assume it is safe from ADA liability because it treats employees with disabilities the same as other employees.
A qualified employee with a disability is an individual who can perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. You're required to provide a reasonable accommodation if it allows the employee to perform the essential functions of his/her job, unless it imposes an undue hardship (i.e., significant difficulty or exp...(register to read more)