Accommodations for Disabilities
In New Jersey, the law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to an employee or job applicant with a disability, unless doing so would cause significant difficulty or expense for the employer. Reasonable accommodations for disabilities are considered any change in the work environment (or in the way things are usually done) to help a person with a disability apply for a job, perform the duties of a job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment.
These reasonable accommodations enable an individual with a disability to have an equal opportunity not only to get a job, but successfully perform their job tasks to the same extent as people without disabilities.
Examples of reasonable accommodations include making existing facilities accessible, job restructuring, part-time or modified work schedules, acquiring or modifying equipment, changing tests, training materials, or polices. It also includes providing qualified readers or interpreters.
Many job accommodations cost very little and often involve minor changes to a work environment, schedule, or work-related technologies:
- Installing a ramp
- Modifying a restroom
- Modifying the lighting of an office
- Modifying the layout of a work space
Accessible & Assistive Technologies
- Ensuring computer software is accessible.
- Providing screen reader software.
- Using videophones to facilitate communications with colleagues who are deaf.
- Modifying a policy to allow a service animal in a business setting
- Adjusting work schedules so employees with chronic medical conditions can go to medical appointments and complete their work at alternate times or locations.
- Providing sign language interpreters or closed captioning at meetings and events.
- Making materials available in Braille or large print.
These are just a few of the different examples of the types of adjustments our office can assist you with having implemented at your place of business. For more information about the legal requirements concerning accommodations for disabilities in the workplace, see United States Department of Labor.
If you are in need of a workplace accommodation, Contact us for expert and confidential guidance.