Disability Accommodation for Your Organization

Disability Accommodation for Your Organization

Employees with a disability are protected against discrimination under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), is your business doing what it can to follow protocol?

Under the ADA are you required to reimburse the cost of transportation to and from work as an accommodation for an employee who cannot drive due to disability? The ADA may require some employers to assist employees in commuting to work. They require an employer to provide reasonable accommodation to an employee with a disability unless this accommodation would be a significant expense for the employer. Here are three basic and reasonable accommodations that employers are expected to provide to their employees with disability.

Modifications for your business.

  1. Modifications or adjustments to the work environment so that the disabled employee can perform the essential functions of their position.
  2. Modifications or adjustments to a job application that enable a qualified applicant with a disability to be considered for the position that the qualified applicant wants.
  3. Modifications or adjustments that give the disabled employee equal benefits and privileges of employment that are enjoyed by the other similarly situated employees without disabilities.

Under the ADA guidelines, employers are expected to communicate one-on-one with the employee requesting the accommodations to help determine what modifications and adjustments, that would help the disabled employee, are reasonable and which ones may not. It could include adjusting work hours, or making other transportation arrangements.

Knowing what employers are expected to do to help their employees is important to a) help your disabled employees; b) avoid a nasty lawsuit that could make a dent in your financial sector. For information on how these ADA laws affect your nonprofit organization, contact the experts at Colorado Nonprofit Insurance Agency in Denver, Colorado. We will work with you to ensure you are getting the most out of your coverage.