As workplaces continue to reopen after pandemic-related closures, have you heard others express concerns about going back to work? Many employees and employers are expressing trepidation about returning to the workplace, particularly for employees with preexisting conditions or in high-risk groups. If employers are not careful, they may invite an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) suit by requiring employees to report, or unfairly denying a request for a reasonable accommodation. Additionally, creating different guidelines for return based on protected classes (like age) also creates the risk of an Equal Employment Commission investigation or lawsuit.
Fortunately, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released several statements intended to guide employers in developing return-to-work policies and in rolling out those programs. Let us give a brief overview of what you need to know:
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