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Fisher Broyles Firm blog

FisherBroyles Employment Law Blog

Helping Employers Implement Efficient and Equitable Solutions to their Workplace Problems

Fisher Broyles Firm blog

FisherBroyles Employment Law Blog

Helping Employers Implement Efficient and Equitable Solutions to their Workplace Problems

A Chat With The EEOC, the NYS Division of Human Rights, and the NYC Commission on Human Rights

Last night I had the pleasure of listening to what representatives of three esteemed agencies had to say: an ADR coordinator at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or “EEOC,” the federal agency that enforces the federal anti-discrimination laws; the assistant commissioner for the New York State Division of Human Rights; and the general counsel for…
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Employer Fails To See ADA Implications Of Its Actions

Most employers know that discriminating against an employee based on a disability is wrong. Time and again, however, employers fail to consider the “perceived as disabled” prong of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). One management services organization that supports eye care providers learned this costly lesson when it settled a lawsuit filed by the…
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Making Employees’ Mental Health Disclosures Matter

The ubiquity of mental health issues during the pandemic has been well documented. I always start a post about mental health with statistics. I think it’s important to see how pervasive mental health issues are—they affect people regardless of their economic status, politics, sex, race, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity. They…
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ICYMI—Webinar Recording of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Considerations At Work

Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use by people 16 years of age and older. Yet, COVID-19 cases are still surging throughout most of the country thanks to the Delta Variant. Eager to get bodies back in office chairs, more employers are developing and implementing COVID-19…
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COVID-19 Vaccine Policy Exemptions—It’s a Process

The interactive process, that is. Doctors writing bogus opt-out letters. An online religious exemption package for sale with “a personalized exemption letter” and “a signed attestation of faith from Pastor David,” which my partner Eric Meyer wrote about a few weeks ago. Bogus claims that a drug that treats parasitic worms in livestock as a…
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Employers, How Are You Handling Ruff Requests?

As COVID-19 vaccines become more readily available to more people and states ease gathering restrictions, employees are steadily, if slowly, returning to the office. As life returns to a semblance of normal, I wonder if employers will see an increase in requests from employees to bring their emotional support animals (“ESAs”) to work. Indeed, mental…
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COVID-19 Is Impacting Your Employees’ Mental Health

Are you prepared? Do you have procedures in place to handle the mounting requests for accommodations? While my management side employment practice has always included helping employers navigate their legal obligations to accommodate employees with disabilities under various federal, state, and/or local laws, this one aspect has skyrocketed in recent months. And it’s no wonder.…
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Employers, Are Your Supervisors Prepared for Accommodation Requests for Mental Health Issues?

By: Amy Epstein Gluck If your answer is anything other than “yes, absolutely,” we should really talk. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects qualified employees with mental health impairments the same as it does employees with physical disabilities—as long as the employee can perform the essential functions of the job and the accommodation does not impose…
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Employers, Retaliating Against An Employee Who Discloses a Disability Is a Sure Way To Get Sued

By: Amy Epstein Gluck Let’s start with this fun fact: retaliation is the most frequently filed discrimination claim. Need proof? I’ll provide some statistics from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC): Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 data shows that retaliation continued to be the most frequently filed charge filed; retaliation charges comprised 51.6% of all charges…
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Failing To Provide Accommodations for Mental Health Issues Comes At A Price

By: Amy Epstein Gluck Employers must catch on: mental illness is prevalent in our workplaces. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately 1 in 5 adults —43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year, and of those adults, about 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—9.8 million, or 4.0%—experiences a serious mental illness…
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RICHARD COHEN
Richard Cohen has litigated and arbitrated complex corporate, commercial and employment disputes for more than 35 years, and is a trusted advisor to business owners and in-house counsel both in the United States and internationally. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, Pacific-rim corporations and real estate development companies, as well as start-up businesses throughout the United States.

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AMY EPSTEIN GLUCK
Amy Epstein Gluck has represented individuals and corporate clients in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and various federal district courts for more than twenty years. Ms. Epstein Gluck’s current practice areas include employment law—advising on and drafting employment agreements; handling employment negotiations, severance agreements, noncompete and nondisclosure agreements, “wrongful terminations” and other EEO matters; representation at the EEOC level; advising employers about discrimination laws and how to remain in compliance, and employment negotiations.

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