White Paper Discusses ADA Leave

A new white paper answers an important question: When must an employer provide leave as an ADA reasonable accommodation?

The Reed Group compiled the information to assist employers in understanding leaves of absence as related to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) using existing guidance from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), relevant court cases and industry experts.

The paper provides suggestions on best practices such as how to establish a process for determining if a leave of absence is an appropriate accommodation and how to create a method for determining whether the leave of absence will cause undue hardship. The paper also includes forms for employers, identifies what medical information should be used to support leave, and offers comparisons between ADA accommodation and FMLA leave.

"The release of Reed Group's white paper is timely as employers face increasing uncertainty related to the absence of specific parameters from the EEOC on accommodating employees with leaves under the ADA," said Marcia Carruthers, CEO/president of the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC).

Download the paper here.