Rash of Food Allergies Prompts Education Push

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Food allergies are on the rise — particularly among children — and that poses challenges to employers who are likely to see more employees struggling to manage their symptoms in the workplace

Laurel Francoeur, attorney and founder of the blog Allergy Law Project

Approximately 15 million Americans have food allergies and their numbers are growing each year, according to Food Allergy Research and Education, or FARE, a national advocacy group. Food allergies among children increased about 50 percent between 1997 and 2011, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Employers need to make reasonable accommodations

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