Absence Makes the Workplace … Stronger?

Source: Michael L. Tooley, Employee Benefit Plan Review, Vol. 69 no. 2, August 2014
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Most members of the Baby Boomer, Generation X, and other pre-Millennial generations grew up working at a time when physical presence in the workplace on a daily basis was nonnegotiable. However, the traditional presumption that “going to work” required leaving your home and then reporting to a worksite along with your coworkers – now referred to by employment hipsters as “presenteeism” – is being challenged by three interrelated trends involving changes in technology, evolving employee preferences, and a groundbreaking federal court decision announced in late April 2014. This decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit appears to place heightened obligations on employers to allow remote working arrangements as accommodations for their disabled workers under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).