Disabilities and Accommodation
Disabled workers present some of the most complex problems and opportunities for employers today. Employers faced with a disabled employee or applicant must comply with a web of federal and state laws including the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, as well as state disability discrimination and workers compensation laws. These statutes have differing and sometimes conflicting objectives, definitions, procedures and requirements. Couple these legal requirements with the employer’s own policies and benefit plans and any employer is presented with a complex set of obligations and choices.
Miller Johnson’s employment attorneys are eminently prepared to assist employers through these legal and practical complexities. On a daily basis our lawyers counsel and represent employers confronted with issues such as:
- Which laws apply
- Reasonable accommodation 103
- Medical examinations
- Light-duty options
- Leave of absence obligations
- Medical benefits
- Job protection
- Disability pay benefits
- Litigation and redemption of workers compensation claims
- Job transfers and standards of performance
Our approach to these issues not only take into account the employer’s legal obligations but also practical solutions and remedies which are cost effective for the organization and specific circumstances.
In addition, should it be necessary, Miller Johnson has a long history of defending employers against federal and state agency charges and litigation, as well as individual lawsuits in state and federal courts.