Photo of Professionals at Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A.

A Legacy Of Service In Minnesota

  1. Home
  2.  » 
  3. Employment Law
  4.  » What Does Reasonable Accommodation for Employers Mean?

What Does Reasonable Accommodation for Employers Mean?

On Behalf of | Mar 7, 2024 | Employment Law |

Employers are always looking for qualified workers. Finding employees who are dedicated, and hard working is the goal, but, to do this, it means employers must sometimes offer reasonable accommodations for employees. Businesses providing reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities tend to find more job applicants and employee satisfaction.

Understanding what reasonable accommodations are and how to implement them is important for creating an inclusive workplace environment. Let’s learn more about how to accommodate employees.  

Understanding Reasonable Accommodation

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, reasonable accommodation means making modifications or adjustments in the workplace that allow employees with disabilities to perform their job duties. In Minnesota, employers with 15 or more employees must provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. This ensures they have equal employment opportunities. 

Below are some examples of incorporating reasonable accommodations into your workplace:  

  • Flexibility in Work Schedules 

Adapting work schedules is a common accommodation. It is often an affordable and easy step to take. It could involve modifying start and end times or implementing a flexible work-from-home arrangement. 

  • Physical Workspace Modifications 

Ensuring physical accessibility is important. This could mean installing ramps, widening doorways, or providing ergonomic furniture. These modifications not only benefit employees with disabilities but also contribute to a more inclusive workplace overall. 

  • Assistive or AI Technologies 

Incorporating assistive or AI technologies can be a game-changer. Screen readers, speech recognition software or specialized keyboards can empower employees with disabilities to perform their tasks effectively. Investing in such tools demonstrates a commitment to inclusivity. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has rules in place regarding AI in the workplace that are important to understand.   

Periodic Reviews and Adjustments

Workplace dynamics evolve, and so do individual needs. Regularly review accommodation strategies and be willing to adjust as necessary. 

Employers continue to make strides in embracing the talents of people with disabilities. Compliance with disability accommodation laws is key to properly accommodating disabled employees and increasing employee satisfaction.  

If you would like to learn more about how to reasonably accommodate your employees and ensure your business is compliant with the law, our experienced employment attorneys are here to assist you. Contact Quinlivan & Hughes today for a consultation.