February 27, 2007

NEW EEOC Q &A ON EMPLOYMENT OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS WITH DISABILITIES

The EEOC has announced a new question-and-answer fact sheet on the application of the Americans With Disabilities Act to job applicants and employees in the health care industry.

The new Q&A fact sheet provides practical information about applying ADA employment rules in health care jobs in settings that range from public and private hospitals and nursing care facilities to doctors’ and dentists’ offices and diagnostic laboratories. Although the rules under Title I of the ADA are the same for employers and individuals with disabilities in all industries, this fact sheet explains how the ADA applies to some unique situations that may arise in the health care setting. Many of the real-life examples in the fact sheet are based on cases that have been decided by courts or settled by the EEOC.

The health care industry is the largest in the American economy, according to the EEOC. It is expected to account for 19 percent of all new jobs created between 2004 and 2014.

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