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Employers: Take Note of The EEOC’s Accommodation Recommendations for Federal Employees

06 Feb

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What happened?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published an article that, although directed to the federal government, all employers should review it for insight. 

What are the details?

The EEOC published an article in which it makes a series of recommendations based on external sources and court decisions.

The article focuses on accommodations (for the Federal Government) that improve access to job facilities, physical spaces, and information technology. Private sector employers may be held to the same accommodation principles discussed in the article.

When an employee requests an accommodation, their employer must engage in a process to consider and respond appropriately to their needs. This includes physical facilities as well as information and communication technologies (ICT). However, the decision to approve or deny accommodations must be made on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the law without imposing an undue burden or hardship on the employer.

Topics include:

1. Accessibility in facilities

2. Information and Communication Technologies


Business Considerations 

  • Create or update your policies and practices following the cases and suggestions provided in the EEOC article. 
  • Conduct a detailed assessment to ensure all areas of your company premises are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Consult the regulations (Link, Link 2), the barrier removal checklist, and the comprehensive worksite accessibility guide covering all areas of a worksite (Link).


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