Disabled Veterans and Reasonable Accommodation in the Federal Workplace

By Jack Malgeri

As our society seeks to assist disabled individuals, including our noble disabled military veterans, to fully participate as members of the American workforce, the topic of reasonable accommodation in federal employment has become a topic of considerable interest for federal human resource professionals. Christopher J, Kuczynski, Esq., Assistant Legal Counsel, ADA/GINA Policy Division, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will be discussing legal requirements for reasonable accommodations in the federal workplace on Thursday, January 26th from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. EST. This free seminar will be hosted by the American Society for Training and Development and The Public Manager. Please click here to register.

Key topic points will include:

  • Knowing the requirements of your agency’s reasonable accommodation procedures and follow them
  • Responding to requests promptly, as undue delay may constitute a denial of accommodation
  • Engaging in good faith in the interactive process
  • Construing “disability” broadly
  • Avoiding assumptions that individuals with the same disability need the same accommodation

To learn more about reasonable accommodation, please visit the EEOC website at: www.eeoc.gov

To learn more about the Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services, please visit: www.vba.va.gov

To learn more about government accommodations for veterans, read The Public Manager.

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