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.