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A Starbucks coffee shop announced its partial reopening during the coronavirus pandemic in Baltimore, MD, on June 14, 2020. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM)

As the pandemic lingers on, employers are facing challenges as they bring employees back to the workplace. Some employees may not want to return because they fear contracting the virus in the workplace. Others may have concerns about returning to the office because they have a disability that increases the risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19. Yet, others may simply prefer working from home for purely personal reasons unrelated to COVID-19. Employers have a difficult task in evaluating when they are obligated under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to allow employees to continue to working remotely.

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