RETURN TO THE WORKPLACE & ACCOMMODATIONS
The Office of ADA Compliance works in tandem with Human Resources to implement the interactive process for employee accommodations. Employees may request an ADA accommodation at any time. Employees may also request a courtesy accommodation for conditions which due to COVID-19, limit their ability to return to work.
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) makes it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability. To be protected under the ADA, an individual must have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of such an impairment; or being regarded as having a substantial impairment.
What is a reasonable accommodation? A reasonable accommodation is any change or adjustment to a job or work environment that does not cause an undue hardship on the department or unit and which permits an employee with a disability to perform the essential functions of their job.
How do I request a reasonable accommodation? Employees may request an ADA accommodation by completing the accommodation request form and submitting it to initiate the process. The employee will be required to provide the necessary documentation as outlined in the request form to complete the process.
The Office of ADA Compliance works with Human Resources to ensure that accommodation requests submitted which do not fall under ADA are processed with support from UFHR. These are referred to as courtesy accommodations.
What is a courtesy accommodation? A courtesy accommodation is any change or adjustment to a job or work environment that does not cause an undue hardship on the department or unit and which permits the employee to continue to perform their essential job functions. Courtesy accommodations are up to the discretion of the employee’s department or unit.
Who can request a courtesy accommodation? If you have a physical condition that does not rise to the level of a functional disability under the ADA, but which limits your ability to return to work due to COVID-19, you may request a courtesy accommodation.
How do I submit a courtesy accommodation? Employees may request a courtesy accommodation by contacting their HR liaison and initiating a conversation. Employees may also complete the accommodation request form and submit it to initiate the process. The employee will be required to provide the necessary documentation as outlined in the request form to complete the process. Submission of medical documentation in and of itself does not guarantee an employee will be eligible for a courtesy accommodation.
Provides guidance on specific scenarios in which accommodations could apply.