In episode 85, Coffey talks with Janette Levey about the intersection between the Americans with Disabilities Act and mental health.
They discuss employers’ responsibilities under ADA; the definition of “disability”; what constitutes “essential functions” and “reasonable accommodation”; important guidelines when inquiring about conditions or disabilities; the importance of following up with employees about provided accommodations; the ADA coverage for mental health issues; special considerations regarding remote or hybrid work; and the differences between service and emotional support animals, and how to navigate around that request.
And, of course, what Linda Richman can teach us about the interactive process.
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Janette S. Levey, “The Employer’s Lawyer” has over 20 years of legal experience, more than 10 of which she has spent in Employment Law. It was during her tenure as sole in-house counsel for a mid-size staffing company headquartered in Central New Jersey, with operations all over the continental US, that she truly developed her passion for Employment Law.
Janette operates under this core belief: It is possible, and it is in an employer’s best interest, to proactively solve workforce challenges before they become problems, before they result in lawsuits or steep fines caused by government audits.
Janette works with employers on most employment law issues, to ensure that employers are in the best position possible to avoid litigation, audits, employee relations problems, and the attendant, often exorbitant costs. Janette authors the firm’s weekly blog, where you can read each week, in plain English (not legalese) about issues impacting employers today. Janette has written articles on many different employment law issues for many publications, including EEO Insight, Staffing Industry Review, Law, and Chief Legal Officer.
Janette has served on the Workplace Violence Prevention Institute, a multidisciplinary task force dedicated to providing proactive, holistic solutions to employers serious about promoting workplace safety and preventing workplace violence.
Janette currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for Child and Family Resources of Morris County, New Jersey.
Janette has also spoken and trained on topics, such as Criminal Background Checks in the Hiring Process, Joint Employment, Severance Arrangements, Addressing and Preventing Employee Leave Abuse, Pre-Employment Screening among many, many others.