Find ways to streamline reasonable accommodation process, attorney advises
While the financial cost of accommodating workers with disabilities may not be a major burden under the new ADA Amendments Act, the operational impact may be stunning. A legal expert says risk managers need to focus on the process surrounding reasonable accommodation.
"Interactive dialogue about reasonable accommodation causes them to stop what they're doing, to closely analyze jobs, to closely evaluate the impact of injuries, to brainstorm about alternatives, to communicate with doctors to get their input, and then to implement potential accommodations that may be less than certain to be successful," said Frank Alvarez, a partner at Jackson Lewis.
Creative thinking about exploring, identifying, and implementing reasonable accommodations may help. "It will all be about making the accommodation process more efficient because there will be so many more instances they have of accommodation going forward," Alvarez said.
April 18, 2011
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