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The right way to accommodate employees with diabetes

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The numbers are daunting: Diabetes affects about one in 14 Americans and it’s the fifth leading cause of death in the country. Almost 80 percent more diabetics are in the U.S. work force now than just a decade ago, and experts predict those numbers will rise.

For employers, the twin epidemics of diabetes and obesity are eating into profits and creating legal land mines. One estimate puts the cost of a diabetic employee at five times that of a nondiabetic.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the federal law that governs most interactions between employers and diabetic patients. But some state disability civil-rights laws offer more liberal definitions of a “disability,” meaning employers in those states may have to accommodate diabetics who would not merit the same treatment in other states.

Navigating the ADA

Both the ADA and the federal Rehabilitation Act (which covers federally funded jobs) require employ...(register to read more)

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