While leave may be the most common accommodation request, many employers are also reporting an increase in telecommuting and workplace modification requests. A clear understanding of what constitutes a reasonable accommodation request can empower HR to engage more proactively in the interactive process, but what is next? The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reports that 70% of employers offer telecommuting, but as a potentially permanent ADA accommodation, this can be a challenging request for professionals to maneuver. Further compounding the accommodation challenges are rapid changes in the work setting, and the evolution of agile or flex space designs. How can employers accommodate visual, auditory, olfactory, or light sensitivities? What resources are available to help?
This session provided employers with hands-on tools and techniques for evaluating these types of accommodations, and resources for managing each.
Julie Degenhardt, Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant, Unum
- Kelsy Holliday-Schiavon, Manager, ADA Support Center, Unum
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