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United States: When preparing for reopening, experts suggest planning for a long time COVID-19

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David Barron spoke with HR Diving Discussing COVID-19 at length may constitute a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations, but not necessarily those an employee requests, David said. Also, since not all long-term cases of COVID-19 constitute a disability, employers should assess each case on an individual basis, he noted. If an employer determines that an employee is impaired by participation in a major life activity, “the employer is required to engage in an interactive process to determine whether reasonable accommodation can be made to allow the employee to perform the essential functions of the job,” he said.

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