The Americans With Disabilities Act became law in 1990 and, since that time, has been the subject of masses of lawsuits and countless discussions among supervisors, human resources professionals, lawyers, academics, and courts.
With the New Year, new legislative updates go into effect in California.
The California Supreme Court has issued two favorable decisions that mark a victory for employers on issues of disability discrimination and bonus plans.
Two recent California appellate decisions in Faust v. California Portland Cement (51007) and Malais v. Los Angeles City Fire Dep’t (32907) emphasized the importance of properly training managers in responding to claims of medical and disability leaves.
A series of recent California state and federal decisions emphasize the urgent need for proper management training and the importance of preventive employment practices.
The statutory right to request a change to working arrangements in order to fulfil caring responsibilities is currently available only to employees with parental responsibility for a child aged under 6, or under 18 if the child is disabled.