Medical Verification for the Interactive Accommodation Process
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to a qualified employee with a disability, which is defined as a significant impairment of a major life acitivty. Providing “reasonable accommodation” is an interactive process, a collaborative effort involving employer and employee to determine how modifications can be made for the qualified individual (QID).
In a recent webinar, ES&A Director Trisha Gibo discussed “Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) & Reasonable Accommodations,” including how to:
identify a QID using the acronym “I-D-E-A” (Impairment, Disabling, Essential Function, Accommodation)
obtain medical verification of the disability from a health care professional.
discuss and select reasonable accommodation
recognize “direct threats” and other special situations
understand the differences between federal and state laws, regarding burden of proof, job descriptions, undue hardship, and damages