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COVID-19 and ADA Disability: New Guidance and FAQs

COVID-19 and ADA Disability: New Guidance and FAQs

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released new guidance and FAQs on COVID-19 and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Disability. It explains what employers may or may not do to comply with federal fair employment laws during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Employers may face liability if they discriminate against individuals based on disability or fail to provide reasonable accommodations to an otherwise qualified individual with a disability. Employers are subject to ADA if they have 15 or more employees.

The new guidance and FAQs clarify that:

  • Determining whether a specific employee’s COVID-19 is a disability under the ADA always requires an individualized assessment
  • COVID-19 is an actual disability if it is a “physical or mental” impairment that “substantially limits one or more major life activities”
  • Employers must provide reasonable accommodations for individuals whose COVID-19 is an actual, past, or misclassified disability
  • Even if COVID-19 itself does not meet the ADA’s definition of a disability, it may cause later impairments that do

Employers with 15 or more employees should become familiar with and follow the guidance provided in the EEOC’s FAQS about ADA compliance.

Download the bulletin for more details.

 

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EEOC Issues New Guidance on COVID-19 and ADA Disability

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This blog is intended to be a compilation of information and resources pulled from federal, state, and local agencies. This is not intended to be legal advice. For up to the minute information and guidance on COVID-19, please follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local health organizations.

National Insurance Services is not a law firm and no opinion, suggestion, or recommendation of the firm or its employees shall constitute legal advice. Readers are advised to consult with their own attorney for a determination of their legal rights, responsibilities and liabilities, including the interpretation of any statute or regulation, or its application to the readers’ business activities.

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Valerie Ortiz

Valerie Ortiz

Over the past 15+ years, Valerie Ortiz has worn many hats at National Insurance Services. She currently heads up NIS’ Marketing Team where she helps to create and execute employee benefit communications based upon our public sector clients’ needs. Valerie brings order to the chaos and has a zeal for detail and a talent for organization.