Disability and Protected Leave

Employers are subject to an increasing number of federal, state, and local laws regarding disability accommodations, sick leave, medical leave, family leave, domestic violence leave, and similar accommodations of employees’ health and safety needs. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state equivalents, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and state equivalents, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), and various state and local “Sick and Safe” laws. These laws can be confusing and even contradictory, particularly for multi-state employers. Clyde Snow’s attorneys are here to help employers understand their obligations and implement them appropriately to reduce the risk of litigation and liability. Some of the specific services we provide include:

  • Preparing workplace policies for disability accommodation, pregnancy accommodation, lactation accommodation, maternity leave and paternity leave, medical leave, and domestic violence leave;
  • Advising employers on requests for “reasonable accommodation” of employee disabilities and on employer obligations to engage in an “interactive process” with the requesting employee;
  • Advising employers on pregnancy and lactation accommodation;
  • Advising employers on requests for family, medical, and other paid and unpaid leave;
  • Defending employers against disability- and leave-related discrimination and retaliation charges and claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Utah Antidiscrimination and Labor Division (UALD) of the Utah Labor Commission, and in state and federal court.
  • Advising multi-state employers on compliance issues;
  • Providing compliance training to managers and human resources professionals.