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13 November 2015

Employers seek help handling disability requirements

Jake BiscoglioNew research from Prudential finds that practically all employers say managing leave as an ADA accommodation is vital, but only around 77 percent are doing it. And according to Jake Biscoglio, vice president, Absence and Disability, Prudential Group Insurance, some of those companies are seeking help to administer the federal regulations.

"The challenge for employers is figuring out how to meet the requirements," says Biscoglio. "We found that about half of employers surveyed are outsourcing aspects of their compliance programs to help make sure their employees have access to the best tools and services, such as training for supervisors and keeping track of disability leave." This trend is likely to continue to grow, he notes.

Enacted in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination based on disability and compels employers to provide "reasonable accommodations" to employees with disabilities. In 2008, the ADA’s definition of disability was broadened, shifting employers’ focus from verifying that a disability exists to finding ways to accommodate employees with differing abilities in the workplace.

Want more information? Read the 2015 "Is ADA the New FMLA? Insights on Outsourcing Employer Compliance Support Services" research.  Want to speak with Jake? Contact Sheila Bridgeforth.

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