Know Your Rights Under Reasonable Accommodation

Posted: 
Thursday, July 23, 2020
With schools potentially reopening in just a few weeks, NYSUT has released some important resources about what your rights are in regards to ensuring that the district provides workplace accommodations for ADA compliance. Please check out the resources provided below and contact myself our your building rep if you have questions or issues.  
 
The following resources are available at nysut.org/SchoolReopen to support you and your union colleagues in engaging your school administrators on the subject of workplace accommodations for ADA compliance.

Know Your Rights: Reasonable Accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act During the COVID-19 Pandemic [PDF]
 
The AFT offers answers to your frequently asked questions on COVID-19, school reopening and the ADA.

Sample Authoritative Letter on the ADA [MS Word]
 
Sample language for your use to remind administrators of the district's "responsibility to consider and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act."

New York State Re-Opening Plans for 2020: Medical Accommodation Requests [PDF]
 
As plans for reopening take shape an area of major concern is how will we support members who are medically compromised, or who live with medically compromised people. This memo reviews the most commonly discussed issues around this topic.

Barkan Meizlish Letter to AFT President Weingarten [PDF]
 

This opinion letter addresses the right of at-risk employees to workplace accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and through the collective bargaining process, during the COVID-19 pandemic.