Sunday, February 15, 2015

Employer Resources for Disability Accommodations

Disability accommodations can be challenging when the employee provides no suggestions for a workable accommodation, and the employer is either unfamiliar with the condition to be accommodated or with what could constitute an effective accommodation.  

Fortunately, there are a number of excellent, cost-free resources for employers to consult:
  1. Job Accommodation Network (www.askjan.org):  this website provides free, confidential technical assistance regarding accommodations.  An employer can search for and learn about a particular disability, as well as review suggested accommodations for that disability.  
  2. American Foundation for the Blind (www.afb.org); this website includes suggested accommodations for the visually-impaired.
  3. National Association of the Deaf (www.nad.org): this website also includes suggested accommodations for the hearing impaired.
  4. Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org): this website includes a publication titled, "Service-Connected Injuries and Reasonable Accommodations."
  5. National Alliance on Mental Illness (www.nami.org):  this website includes potential accommodations for those suffering from mental illnesses.  
Many public employers have also published their own guidance on accommodations that can provide employers with additional ideas.  

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Uncertain Future for the City of Plano's Sexual Orientation and Sexual Identity Ordinance

On December 8, 2014, the Plano, Texas City Council voted to expand an existing equal rights ordinance to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and sexual identity in housing, public accommodations, employment, and city contracting.

On January 20, 2015, opposition groups and citizens filed enough petitions to send the ordinance back to the Council to either repeal it or send it to a public vote.  At this time, the City Secretary's office is verifying the signatures.  If and when the signatures are verified, the Council will be required to take action.

Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, El Paso and Houston have already adopted similar ordinances.