The COVID-19 pandemic has forced thousands of employers to shift their employees from working in a physical office to working remotely. Telework infrastructure, which may not have been in place pre-pandemic, has experienced a generational technological evolution in just a few short months—and is becoming more refined every day. However, with states now receiving COVID-19 vaccinations and the understanding that most Americans who want one can receive a vaccination by the end of the year, looming questions about workplace accommodations are coming into focus.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an employer with more than 15 employees must provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee with a disability, so long as the employee’s accommodation allows him or her to perform “essential job functions” and does not cause an “undue hardship” to the employer.” “Undue hardship” in this sense means “significant difficulty or expense.”
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