The ADA and ADAAA: Shifting the focus to RTW accommodations
When employees are recovering from an injury or illness, employers often wonder, “Are they covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?”. Ever since the passage of the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) in 2008 broadened the definition of disability, employers need to think differently about this question.
The focus is now on identifying accommodations to support the return-to-work (RTW) process. When an individual is returning from leave, employers need to gather specific information to determine whether an accommodation is necessary: What is the employee’s job requirements? What are their impairments and restrictions? What information am I allowed to request from providers? And what makes an accommodation “reasonable”?
In this article from the DMEC’s @Work magazine, Glenn Pransky, MD, and Paula Aznavoorian-Barry, Scientific Advisor and Accommodation Services Manager for Lincoln Financial Group, respectively, explore the new ADA obligations for employers, as well as the new RTW opportunities for employees. Read the full article. (PDF)