Reasonable Accommodation Process Resources & Tools
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires reasonable accommodation in three aspects of employment: 1) to ensure equal opportunity in the application process, 2) to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of a job, and 3) to enable an employee with a disability to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment.
Disability accommodations required under the ADA include a broad array of adjustments, ranging from alterations to a workspace to the ability to work from home to time away from work.
Quickly identifying accommodation needs and meeting them successfully is an important component of every employer’s compliant absence management program. To help employers tackle what can sometimes be a daunting process, this resource page provides information about useful policies and procedures, how to recognize and handle accommodation requests, how to determine effective accommodations, and what types of accommodations might be reasonable.
DMEC provides a variety of webinars on topics related to the accommodation process, return to work, stay at work, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) throughout the year. We invite you to watch the recordings from some of our past webinars.
- Webinar Recording: ADA – Accommodating Workers with Mental Health Issues
- Webinar Recording: Evolving Accommodation Requests – You Need What?!
- Webinar Recording: Best Practices in Creating a Successful Disability Experience
- Webinar Recording: The Truth About ADAAA
- Webinar Recording: Return to Work and the ADA Process
- Webinar Recording: Understanding Leave as an ADA Accommodation
- Webinar Recording: Return to Work and Beyond
DMEC @Work Magazine
Each year in @Work magazine, we highlight programs, tools, and resources employers can use to manage the reasonable accommodation process. Check out the issues, articles and columns below.
- Feature articles:
- Spotlight articles:
- Program Showcase: ADA Accommodation Tools
- Compliance Showcase: ADA Interactive Process
- RTW Programs: Integrating Accommodation
- Compliance Makeover: Pregnancy Accommodations
- RTW Case Study: Accommodation Strategies
- Compliance Makeover: ADA Psychological Accommodations
- Program Showcase: Job Analysis Tool Supports Accommodation
- Accommodations Best Practices column:
- Ask the Accommodation Experts column:
- Job Reassignment Strategies
- How to Re-set Employee Expectations When Healthcare Providers Step Outside Their Role
- Assessing Work-at-Home Requests and Potential “Undue Hardship” on the Employer
- Managing Leaves When Employees Have Unpredictable Health Conditions
- The Downside of Overly Generous Accommodations
- How to Minimize Leave as an Accommodation
DMEC Sample Templates and Forms
DMEC provides a variety of sample checklists, policies, letters, templates, guides, and more to help you effectively manage your absence management programs. The samples below are intended to help you with the reasonable accommodation process.
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If you are not a DMEC member, we encourage you to join. DMEC members have access to white papers, case studies, @Work magazine articles, free webinars, legislative updates, and much more. These resources will assist you in building an effective and compliant integrated absence management program, saving you time, resources, and money. Learn more.
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