A Textbook Lesson the ADA’s Interactive Process

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Does an employer have an obligation to return an employee to work following an extended unpaid leave of absence granted as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA?

You might be inclined to say, “Of course.” The answer, however, is nuanced, and depends on the length of the leave, the composition of your workforce at the time the employee seeks to return to work, and your efforts to engage in the ADA’s interactive process with the employee during the leave.

For your consideration: Brunckhorst v. City of Oak Park Heights.

Gary Brunckhorst worked as an accountant for the city of Oak Park Heights,

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