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Employers can make LTD users give up jobs

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) gives employers more flexibility than some may realize, according to the staff of the Job Accommodation Network (JAN).

Employers, can for example, require employees who receive long-term disability (LTD) insurance benefits to give up their jobs, JAN officials say.

When workers work fewer hours because of a disability, an employer can end or reduce their health benefits, as long as the employer is not discriminating on the basis of disability, the officials say.

When an employer downsizes, it can lay off employees with disabilities for the same reasons it lays off other employees, the officials add.

The officials give those answers in a batch of JAN answers to frequently asked ADA questions.

The Disability Management Employment Coalition (DMEC) offered a JAN presentation at a recent conference, and it is promoting the JAN ADA guide on its own website.

JAN is an arm of the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. It tries to help people with disabilities get and keep jobs, and it tries to help employers comply with employment-related ADA provisions. 

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