Engaging Today’s Workforce: ADA Compliance

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Seven Keys to ADA Compliance During COVID-19

By Peter Fabiankovic, Esq.

Corporate Counsel, U.S. Insurance
MetLife

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects individuals with disabilities; such individuals comprise about 25% of the U.S. adult population.1 The ADA requires employers to make “reasonable accommodations” to help those with qualifying disabilities perform their jobs. This deters disability discrimination while enhancing the diversity and strength of talent pools.

Many employers, however, are wondering how to stay ADA-compliant as they strive to keep their workplace and employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and as employees return to work. Recognizing the growing need for information on this topic, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its ADA guidance document.2 This guidance augments your COVID-19 toolbox and aligns with advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health authorities. Below are seven important takeaways:

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