Employees and employers alike struggle with the process for requesting and providing a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (OFCCP) has attempted to help simplify that process. Last week, the OFCCP released a pocket card that offers guidance to employees requesting a reasonable accommodation.
The pocket card summarizes a significant amount of helpful information for the employee. The card contains a brief definition of what a reasonable accommodation is, how an employee can request one, what information the employee needs to provide to the employer, and the procedure that follows. The pocket card also sets out a number of examples of reasonable accommodations.
While the information is meant to assist employees, it will also be a benefit to employers. The pocket card will help employees have a better understanding of the reasonable accommodation process and their role in it. As a result, employees will be aware of the type of information they must present to the employer when requesting a reasonable accommodation. This should help to remove some of the confusion that arises between the employer and the employee with regard to each party’s responsibilities.
This card is a simple and effective way to help educate employees about the reasonable accommodation process, thereby making the employer’s job easier as well. Employers can access the pocket card here, and it is printable as a single page.