Executive Summary: On June 9, 2016, the FAA announced specific actions that it will take, in conjunction with airlines and pilots’ unions, concerning pilots’ mental health in response to the Malaysia Flight 370 and Germanwings Flight 9525 tragedies. These actions arose from recommendations made by an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), which was comprised of representatives of the FAA, air carriers, pilots’ unions, and medical professionals. In short, the ARC declined to require psychological testing for pilots as part of the aviation medical exam, but instead adopted a “holistic” approach that includes education, outreach training, and self-reporting.
Articles Discussing Pre-Employment Inquiries Under the ADA.
On March 22, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed suit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri against Grisham Farm Products, Inc. alleging that its employment application violated the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (“GINA”). Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Grisham Farm Products, Inc. 16-cv-03105. According to the EEOC’s Complaint, Grisham
In an effort to reduce on-the-job injuries, many employers have implemented, or are considering implementing, pre-employment strength tests.