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Telebriefs®: The Rights of Job Applicants and Employees with Mental Health Conditions

shutterstock_368189135In December, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a publication entitled, “EEOC Issues Publication on the Rights of Job Applicants and Employees with Mental Health Conditions”. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, individuals with mental health conditions are protected from employment discrimination and harassment based on their covered liabilities. In addition, these individuals may also have a right to reasonable accommodations at work. The EEOC’s publication answers questions about how to process requests for reasonable accommodations and what medical information employers are allowed to request from their employees. As explained in this document, charges of discrimination based on mental health conditions are on the rise. Therefore, it is imperative that employers be proactive when dealing with mental health conditions in the workplace. To learn more about how to avoid mental health discrimination in the workplace, listen to this week’s Telebrief here.


Also in this week’s Labor and Employment Telebrief: the implications of Donald Trump’s nomination of Andy Puzder as the next Secretary of Labor and how to properly document workplace accommodations.



Geared to executives with employee relations responsibilities (HR directors, supervisors, managers, business owners), Labor and Employment Telebriefs® are information-packed 30-minute briefings via the telephone. Telebriefs® provide information and insights to help executives stay current with latest workplace law developments and in front of trends so as to enable proactive policy making and management. On the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, from 9 – 9:30 am ET, join Offit Kurman Labor & Employment Chair Howard Kurman, as he discusses developments occurring over the past two weeks that will most significantly impact employers nationwide. The focus is squarely on the practical. Why is this event significant for employers? What are the lessons to be learned or actions taken? These twice-monthly teleconferences are an easy way to stay current and compliant with the latest Labor and Employment law developments that will significantly affect you and your company.  Our guarantee: You will learn something useful, on every call! If you have any questions regarding  labor and employment issues, please contact

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Howard Kurman websiteHoward K. Kurman is an employment attorney. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. Previously, Mr. Kurman was the chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.

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