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Robert v. Board of County Commissioners of Brown County, Kansas, et al, 10th Cir., No. 11-3902, August 29, 2012

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An indefinite exemption from the essential functions of a job is not a reasonable accommodation under the ADA.

Ogletree Deakins • September 04, 2012
An issue that confounds employers on a regular basis is whether the discharge of an employee who is unable to return to work after a medical leave will violate the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Most employers understand their obligation to engage in an interactive process to determine a reasonable accommodation that will assist the employee in returning. But questions often arise regarding whether to allow the employee a reprieve from undertaking the essential functions of the job to which he or she is returning, and whether that reprieve can be for an indefinite period of time.
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