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ADA Interactive Process: Back to Basics
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ADA Interactive Process: Back to Basics

ADA Interactive Process: Back to BasicsBy Janice PintarPassed almost thirty years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was the first comprehensive federal law that addressed the needs of individuals with disabilities by prohibiting discrimination in employment, communications, public services, and public accommodations. Modeled in large part after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title I of the ADA generally prohibited discrimination against employees with disabilities but also imposed additional obligations for employers to provide reasonable accommodations for their employees with disabilities.Despite the important public policy behind the ADA and the general support it received, the ADA has proved to be one of the more difficult and time-consuming law...
Not-So-Common Employment Questions: COVID-19 Vaccines
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Not-So-Common Employment Questions: COVID-19 Vaccines

Not-So-Common Employment Questions: COVID-19 VaccinesBy Tom O'DayAs more businesses begin to reintegrate employees into their workplaces, they should be sure to comply with federal laws regarding COVID-19 vaccines.Can I ask my employees if they have been vaccinated?Yes. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says that simply asking whether an employee has been vaccinated— and nothing else— is not a medical inquiry or medical examination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employers with a legitimate business reason for asking that question (e.g., to direct patients to particular employees or healthcare providers) are in an even better position to ask that question. Employers should couple the question with a proactive statement...
Upskilling and Reskilling: The Art of Coping with Change
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Upskilling and Reskilling: The Art of Coping with Change

Upskilling and Reskilling: The Art of Coping with ChangeBy the ReWork EditorsSince the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, preparing for constant change has become a fact of everyday life for businesses. In recent months, organizations have had to rapidly digitize processes'—faster than ever before'—and employees' responsiveness and adaptability have been critical to the success of this shift. Over the past year, leaders learned (if they didn't know it already) that companies that can reinvent themselves are better positioned to weather crises and thrive. Even when the pandemic ends, though, organizations must continue to give their teams the tools they need to be resilient and able to cope with uncertainty and adapt, so that the efforts made throughout the past year ...
Supporting (and Leveraging) Neurodiversity in the Workplace
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Supporting (and Leveraging) Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Supporting (and Leveraging) Neurodiversity in the WorkplaceBy Tim ReedIn the modern workplace, neurodiverse employees can make outstanding contributions to their organizations. For example, some may have a high level of focus that allows them to excel in certain roles; others may demonstrate a high level of creativity. Whatever their talents and skill sets, neurodiverse workers bring unique perspectives to the workplace. In order to tap into this pool of potentially valuable employees, however, businesses may need to adjust their hiring and other workplace practices.Rethinking the Hiring ProcessOrganizations should take neurodiversity into account during recruitment, hiring, and onboarding. For example, when hiring for a specific position, employers should a...
Dealing with Workplace Toxicity
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Dealing with Workplace Toxicity

Dealing with Workplace ToxicityBy Lynne LevyHumans are social animals, and the energy and trust they build from social interactions have long been the bedrock of successful team building, collaboration, and the creation of exceptional outcomes. In the workplace, connection arises when people engage in something bigger than themselves, have a sense of belonging to the organization, and share its values and mission with people they trust.Unfortunately, just one toxic individual can destroy the connections that exists within a team, a department, or even an entire division. Toxic people often use threats, bullying, fear, manipulation, intimidation, and embarrassment to get their way and control others.1 In organizations, the effects of these negative behavior...