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Pacific ADA Center (Region 9)

The purpose of the Pacific ADA Center is to build a partnership between the disability and business communities and to promote full and unrestricted participation in society for persons with disabilities through education and technical assistance.

A Practical Approach to Telework as a Reasonable Accommodation During the Pandemic

September 30, 2021

The U.S. Department of Labor funded Job Accommodation Network published "A Practical Approach to Telework as a Reasonable Accommodation During the Pandemic". This article provides useful suggestions for employers about telework as an accommodation during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The article discusses that when an accommodation is requested, the employer should apply their usual policies first, apply the appropriate laws, and not deny telework solely to avoid providing accommodation. Additionally, the article mentions that some vaccinated, at-risk employees may have a disability-related reason to continue teleworking​. Also, whether an employee is allowed to continue teleworking as a reasonable accommodation may depend on whether essential job functions were changed or removed to enable ​the employee to telework.

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