Accommodating employees with disabilities

If the employer isn't prepared to accommodate a disabled employee in their business, they might not have the tools in place necessary to welcome and accommodate the disabled employee when such an illness occurs.As an accommodations specialist at Assurant Employee Benefits, a small to midsize business employee benefits expert, I've created some tips for working with employees who have disabling illnesses or injuries.

The employers in the study reported that a high percentage (59%) of accommodations cost absolutely nothing to make, while the rest typically cost only 0.The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act and regulations from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission refocused attention on workplace accommodations by broadening the definition of disability; more coverage means more employees will likely be entitled to workplace accommodations.This increased attention has some employers concerned about the costs of providing job accommodations.The study results consistently showed that the benefits employers receive from making workplace accommodations far outweigh the low cost.Employers reported that providing accommodations resulted in such benefits as retaining valuable employees, improving productivity and morale, reducing workers’ compensation and training costs, and improving company diversity.A disability can be either permanent (for example, a hearing or mobility impairment) or temporary (for example, a treatable illness or temporary impairment that is the result of an accident).

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