Understanding employer ADA requirements

Understanding employer ADA requirements

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2024 | Employment Law - Employer

Businesses across the country must consider the needs of their workers, including those with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act mandates that businesses with 15 or more employees must provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities. This ensures equal opportunities in the workplace.

Learning about some key aspects of the ADA is important for any employer that meets the 15-employee threshold.

1. Accommodations overview

ADA accommodations are changes or adjustments made to the work environment that allow employees with disabilities to perform their job duties effectively. These accommodations can vary depending on the individual’s needs and the nature of their disability.

2. Reasonable accommodations

Under the ADA, businesses with 15 or more employees must provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities. These are modifications or adjustments that do not impose undue hardship on the employer. Examples of reasonable accommodations include:

Providing assistive technology or specialized equipment

Modifying work schedules or duties

Making physical changes to the workspace, such as installing ramps or adjusting desk heights

Depending on your industry, other accommodations may be considered.

3. Employer responsibilities

Owners of eligible businesses must engage in the interactive process with employees to determine appropriate accommodations. This involves discussing the employee’s needs and limitations and exploring potential solutions together.

4. Benefits of accommodations

Providing ADA accommodations benefits both employees and businesses. Employees with disabilities are better able to perform their job duties, leading to increased productivity and job satisfaction. Additionally, accommodating employees with disabilities promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace. This can improve morale and foster a positive company culture.

Because discrimination complaints and legal repercussions can result, be sure to understand your obligations under the ADA.