Say Yes To Accommodations, DOL Official Tells Contractors

Law360 (October 2, 2020, 6:47 PM EDT) — Companies that do business with the federal government should find ways to grant employees’ requests for disability and religious accommodations in nearly all circumstances, a U.S. Department of Labor official said Friday.

“Generally, if you’re a federal contractor, you need to be granting almost every accommodation request,” Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs director Craig Leen said. He spoke during a session on OFCCP equality initiatives at a virtual labor and employment conference hosted by New York University School of Law. Karen Gillen of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, who represents employers, moderated the discussion.

Leen said OFCCP has been scheduling employers for…

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