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How an Internal Job Search Can Help Make an ADAAA Accommodation

By Kevin Ufier, MEd, CRC

National Director of Managed Disability
Genex Services

When employees request accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), employers attempt to make reasonable accommodations that will enable employees to stay in their current positions. However, it’s not always possible when limitations prevent employees from performing the essential job functions or an accommodation would create undue hardship for the employer.

As a rehab specialist with more than 20 years of experience in disability management, I’ve worked with a variety of employers on ADAAA accommodations. One national manufacturing company fabricated large mechanical equipment. Assembly was performed in a regimented fashion with machines that required employees to stand. When one employee made an ADAAA request for a long-term accommodation, needing to sit rather than stand, such a job modification would have created undue hardship for the employer, as it would have had to modify its assembly line and expensive manufacturing equipment.

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