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January 16, 2017

Workplace Rights for Employees with Mental Health Conditions

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released informal guidance regarding mental health conditions and protections for employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The guidance specifically addresses conditions such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is geared to advising employees with one of these conditions about their legal rights.

While the guidance is written with employees in mind, it provides important insight for employers about the EEOC’s position with regard to discrimination, employee privacy, job performance, reasonable accommodation, and more. For details, see the article written by Senior Legal Editor Joan Farrell, JD. You can also find detailed analysis on HR.BLR.com®, and you now have access to detailed resources from the ADA Compliance Guide, which was recently added to your subscription.

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Recent/Upcoming Compliance Dates

  • January 8, 2017: Kentucky became a “right-to-work” state, which forbids employers and unions from agreeing to a contract that requires employees to either join a union and pay union dues or be fired.
  • January 11, 2017: Morristown, New Jersey, paid sick time ordinance went into effect.
  • January 22, 2017: Los Angeles, California, prohibits a private employer located or doing business in the city from inquiring into or seeking a job applicant’s criminal history until after an employer extends a conditional offer of employment (Los Angeles Muni. Code Ch. XVIII, Art. 9). The ordinance applies to employers with 10 or more employees.

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