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USDOL Issues Employment Law Update

The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) has issued two new resources on employment law issues.  You can read about and access the new resources below.

Opioid Use Disorder and the Americans with Disabilities Act

The United States Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division released “The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Opioid Crisis: Combating Discrimination Against People in Treatment or Recovery.”  This guidance document describes when a person in treatment or recovery from opioid use disorder (OUD) has a disability under the ADA, which prohibits discrimination against people in treatment for, or recovery from, OUD who are not illegally using drugs, including people who are taking legally-prescribed medication to treat their OUD.  Through examples, it describes protections for people with a history of OUD who no longer illegally use drugs and protections concerning drug testing by employers.  It also provides resources for addressing discrimination and seeking treatment.

Read “The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Opioid Crisis: Combating Discrimination Against People in Treatment or Recovery”

EARN Video Case Studies

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) released a four-part video case studies series highlighting JPMorgan Chase’s Business Solutions Team (BeST), which is comprised mainly of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The videos illustrate how the company moved to remote work during the pandemic, its work with partners to boost disability recruitment, its efforts to build an inclusive culture, and the importance of recognizing talent.  Captioned and audio described versions of the videos are available on the EARN Web site.

Watch the EARN video series

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