Avoid the Overtime Backlash

1428647_14578464When companies depend on mandatory overtime, they must try to minimize the stress and disruptions it causes in their workers’ lives.  Studies show that as overtime is extended, productivity can drop anywhere from 10 percent to 50 percent.

So regular overtime can become very expensive when you add in the costs of redoing work and the increased compensation cost.

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Working Virtually: The New Frontier in ADA Accommodation?

startup-593322_1280Sometime this year, a U.S. District Court in Detroit will dive back into the weeds to decide whether a particular job at Ford Motor Corporation could be done adequately by an employee working four days a week from home.  That’s the task it was given by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.  This court overruled a trial court’s initial rejection of a discrimination suit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  The EEOC is the federal agency charged with enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act.  What constitutes a reasonable accommodation without placing an undue burden on the employer?  The answer is constantly evolving as the EEOC explores new theories and fact patterns.  (EEOC v. Ford, No. 12-2484).

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