Help with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prevents public and private sector employers, employment agencies, and labor unions from discriminating based on disability. Disability is defined by the ADA as “… a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.” The ADA was established in 1990, and the Act was amended with changes (ADAAA) in 2009.
Under the ADA, an employer is also required to make a reasonable accommodation to the known disability of a qualified applicant or employee if it would not impose an “undue hardship.” A reasonable accommodation is a change in the work environment to help an employee with a disability perform the essential functions of their job.
The federal government funds the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) to help employers and employees understand their rights and responsibilities under the law. JAN is a free, confidential resource that helps with the job accommodation process, the ADA, and other disability-related laws, assistive technologies, and referrals to relevant local resources. JAN’s website also has a search engine (Searchable Online Accommodation Resource, or SOAR) that allows users to search for various accommodation options by medical condition.
If you think you need an accommodation in your workplace, talk to your Human Resources department and ask how New York Life Group Benefit Solutions may be able to help.
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Living and Working with Common Conditions
If New York Life Group Benefit Solutions manages your company’s family medical leave and you would like to request a leave or check the status of an existing leave, please visit myNYLGBS.com.