Interactive Process

The interactive process is when the employer and employee discuss the limitations or performance issues that an employee’s disability may pose. This discussion is utilized to determine what or if any accommodations may be needed.  The interactive process must be an ongoing effort where the employer looks at the job responsibilities and requirements versus any specific physical or mental limitations of the individual that are directly related to the need for reasonable accommodation.

Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Update

In California, employers that have 50 or more employees are required to provide supervisors with two hours of sexual harassment prevention training every two years. What changes in 2018?

Emergencies and the Workplace

It is important for employers to provide a safe and well-protected work environment for their employees. All California employers are required to have an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and a Fire Prevention Plan that include actions employers and employees must take to protect employees in emergencies. Moreover, employers must also establish an alarm system that has a distinctive signal for each purpose. Employers with 10 or more employees must provide the plan in writing. Employers with fewer than 10 employees do not need to maintain a written plan, and may explain it verbally to their employees.

Why Should Employers Avoid Rigid Disability Leave Policies

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires companies work individually with employees with disabilities to provide them with the necessary and reasonable accommodations to do their jobs. Inflexible disability leave policies that fail to assess the employee’s individual needs can lead to company risk.