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Is Working Remotely More Than a Remote Possibility Under the ADA?

An Employee’s Physical Presence at Work as an Essential Function and Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA

May 15, 2014, 12:00pm EDT

Sponsor: Honigman Labor and Employment Department

12:00-1:00 p.m. 

Presented by: Cameron J. Evans and Tara E. Mahoney

In a recent sweeping opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals that governs the states of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee ruled that advancement in technologies may eliminate – as an essential function in a broad range of jobs – the requirement that an employee be physically present at work. Even if an employer can generally require an employee to work at the employer’s place of business, the same technological advances may provide the employee with the right to work from home as a reasonable accommodation.

Join Honigman attorneys Cameron J. Evans and Tara E. Mahoney as they explain the recent ruling of EEOC v. Ford Motor Company, how it impacts an employer’s response to an employee’s request to work from home and how companies should approach their telecommuting policies in light of the recent ruling. 

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