EEOC Issues Guidance on Leave as an Accommodation under the ADA
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently published a guidance document that summarizes and explains the rights of employees with disabilities who seek leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Although the guidance creates no new policies, it is intended to educate employers and employees about workplace leave under the ADA to prevent discriminatory denials of leave from occurring. The guidance addresses a number of topics (including the interactive process to determine the
feasibility of providing leave as a reasonable accommodation, maximum leave policies, "100 percent healed" policies, and job reassignment) and provides examples that illustrate existing legal requirements and obligations for both employees and employers. The guidance also addresses issues around whether providing an accommodation would create an undue hardship on the employer, including the amount and/or length of leave required, the frequency of leave, the predictability of intermittent leave, and the impact on the employer's operations and its ability to serve clients in a timely manner. The guidance can be found on
the EEOC’s website. For a discussion of the key points and takeaways for employers, see this article from the Society for Human Resource Management.
Ways to Assess Organizational Impact
The Community Services Block Grant Organizational Standards
are replete with references to impact—from the overall goal of implementing high-impact programs and services to the nuts and bolts of producing data to reflect the impact of the Community Action network. Such assessments inform the ways in which an organization allocates and aligns its resources to best further its mission and increase its sustainability. Steve Zimmerman, author of the 2010 book Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Decisions for Financial Viability
and that book’s recently published field guide, offers a number of suggestions for ways to think about, measure, and analyze mission impact—including ways to evaluate relative impact across programs—in the article, Untangling Elements of Impact, available on the Spectrum Nonprofit Services website.