EEOC Reinstates Examples Of Commonly Required Accommodations For Workers With Disabilities

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a correction to its interpretive guidance on Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The correction reinstates a paragraph in the appendix to 29 C.F.R. Sec. 1630.2(o) that describes the most common types of reasonable accommodations that employers and other covered entities may be required to provide, and notes that the list is neither exhaustive nor intended to cover all the specific circumstances in which a particular accommodation may be required. The correction was published in the January 29 Federal Register.

The reinstated paragraph adds the following examples to the list of accommodations:

• permitting use of accrued paid leave or providing additional unpaid leave for necessary treatment;

• making employer-provided transportation accessible;

• providing reserved parking spaces; and

• providing personal assistants, such as a page turner for an employee with no hands or a travel attendant to act as a sighted guide to assist a blind employee on occasional business trips.

The addition also includes citations to the relevant House and Senate Committee reports.

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