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Catherine A. Cano is an Associate in the Omaha, Nebraska, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and is a contributor to the Disability, Leave & Health Management Blog. She helps clients navigate state, federal, and local leave and disability laws and has experience in litigation and arbitration in several areas, including employment discrimination, retaliation and whistle blower claims, and non-competes and unfair competition.

Learn more about Ms. Cano on the Jackson Lewis website.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued two technical assistance documents on August 5, 2020, addressing accommodation issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for employees who use opioid medications or may be addicted to opioids. They provide employers insight into how the EEOC envisions information exchange and accommodation efforts. Read more.

On July 16, 2020 the Department of Labor (“DOL”) unveiled its new FMLA forms. As we previously reported, the DOL announced its plan to revamp the forms in August 2019. However, the DOL made further revisions to the August 2019 drafts based on public comments. The new forms can be used to comply with

The District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana dismissed an employee’s disability discrimination claims based on a broad release in her workers’ compensation settlement agreement with the employer. Peddy v. Aaron’s, Inc. Case No. 02:18-cv-1625 (E.D. La. Feb. 21, 2019). The Court also ruled in favor of the employer on its counterclaim for

ADA Title III claims have become a trap for many unsuspecting businesses. The claims often lead to protracted litigation driven by attorney fees rather than the underlying issue.

A recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit offers a potential “fix” for employers. In Davis v. Anthony, Inc. Case No. 16-4051