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You don’t have to ignore a sudden and shocking deterioration in an employee’s performance and behavior. You can and should ask for a fitness-for-duty exam. Just be prepared to discuss possible accommodations if it turns out the employee is disabled.

Recent case: Marion Crews worked for Dow Chemical in the HR office and was expected to transfer to a position with Dow in Europe. However, management noted that Crews began displaying slurred speech, hand tremors and decreased participation in meetings.                                                                                                                                                                                    
Crews’ supervisor observed that Crews was unable to formulate organized arguments about topics she understood, discussed improper topics during meetings, missed or failed to reschedule meeti...(register to read more)

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