Unreasonable Accomodation?

April 24, 2012 at 7:36 am Leave a comment

Everyone knows that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is designed to make employers provide reasonable accommodations to disabled employees otherwise capable of doing the job.  But since its inception in 1990, the courts have been vexed by two basic questions.  What exactly is a disability and what exactly is reasonable?  If press reports are accurate, it appears that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will be taking another crack at this issue tomorrow when it holds a public meeting to discuss strengthening existing guidance. 

As far as I know, nothing has been released yet, but the proposal already has the Wall Street Journal editorial page in a foamed-mouth frenzy this morning. Its  Reporting that the EEOC is considering requiring employers to, among other things, determine whether an employee’s conduct is a manifestation of his or her disability before deciding on appropriate discipline.  Ironically, the ADA was amended in 2008 to put the focus of the Legislation not so much on whether someone has a disability but on the type of accommodation to which that person should reasonably be entitled.  But let’s keep in mind that even with the clearest guidelines, the legal issues are ultimately going to be as unique as the person seeking employment.

New IRS Reporting Requirements Announced

Last week, the IRS published a final rule which will require credit unions and other financial institutions to annually report deposit interest paid to nonresident aliens.  Currently, this requirement only applies to Canadians.  The requirement took effect April 19, 2012 with the first required reports due in 2014 covering interest paid next year.

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Henry Meier, Esq., Senior Vice President, General Counsel, New York Credit Union Association.

The views Henry expresses are Henry’s alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Association. In addition, although Henry strives to give his readers useful and accurate information on a broad range of subjects, many of which involve legal disputes, his views are not a substitute for legal advise from retained counsel.

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