According to the EEOC, it is unclear whether COVID-19 is or could be a disability under the ADA. The CDC has identified a number of medical conditions that may put an individual at a higher risk of a serious illness if they contract COVID-19, (e.g., chronic lung disease, serious heart conditions, diabetes, liver disease). Additionally, the EEOC advises that employees with certain preexisting mental health conditions (i.e., anxiety disorder) may have more difficulty handling the disruption to daily life created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this week’s episode, HR expert Jenni Stone shares steps an employer can take if an employee advises their them that they have a medical condition that may be exacerbated by contracting COVID-19, and requests a reasonable accommodation (e.g., remote working), and how communicate with the employee and exchange information in an effort to reasonably accommodate the employee (i.e., engage in the interactive process).
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