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   Posted 9/15/2017 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
For folks in the US, does anyone know if ADA accomodations would include being allowed to work from home as needed? I'm getting ready to have either my GI or PCP give me a letter or note asking that I be able to work from home as needed due to my Crohns and IBS. I've been struggling with bouts of severe pain and all the usual stuff even though my last scope showed endoscopic remission. I think the pain is scar tissue but i'm fighting my GI on this one. I've had to either take time off or work at home at least half a dozen times in the last month and I'm certain my employer is getting ready to address this with me. My supervisor seems to be kind about it but I think she is getting static from higher ups. I manage to get my work completed in a reasonable amount of time and have never not been able to complete it by month end deadlines. I would file FMLA but when I've done this in the past it's only really been to cover myself in case my former employer tried to let me go due to absences.

Sigh, just another stress I have to deal with.

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   Posted 9/15/2017 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Lamb, sorry to read that you are struggling so. From what I have read the ADA applies to accommodating in the work place. I don't think working from home is covered act. Perhaps you can call & verify this.

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   Posted 9/15/2017 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks Susie, I might do that.
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   Posted 9/15/2017 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
If work from home is allowed for your line of work and within your company, then yes, I would think allowing more liberal WFH would be considered a perfectly reasonable accommodation for you to have given your disability.

The general questions are:

1.) Does it cost the company money for this accommodation and if so is it what an average person would consider to be a reasonable cost given the company's income? I'd guess the cost of WFH is either non-existent or at most negligible (perhaps a bit of bandwidth for your remote connection).

2.) Doe this accommodation enable you to be more productive and perform your duties as required? That'd be a yes. Unless your job requires you to be in the office for facetime with customers, or something else that requires a presence on a day-to-day basis.

Other examples of reasonable accommodations are enabling flexible working hours, additional time for doctors appointments, enabling late arrivals, enabling part time working hours while you recover, a temporary change of duties that provide you with closer access to the bathroom.
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Post Edited (iPoop) : 9/15/2017 12:10:28 PM (GMT-6)

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