The term “reasonable” accommodation is a subject of frequent disputes and claims because it’s inherently vague. No bright line exists that would precisely guide employers and employees on how to determine which accommodations are considered reasonable. Further, when it comes to reasonable accommodations – the extent of the employees’ rights v employers’ obligations very much depends on each unique situation and the specific circumstances of the workplace, job duties of a particular employee, and other factors.
In the video below, however, I talk about a three important principles that both employers and employee should keep in mind when working on providing a reasonable accommodation to a qualifying employee. Keeping these principles in mind can help both parties avoid making common and costly mistakes associate with either misunderstanding or violating disability laws.