Accommodating disabled employees
These changes were announced Wednesday (June 28) in an internal memo from Mormon officials to thousands of full-time employees at LDS church headquarters in downtown Salt Lake City, its four church-owned colleges (Brigham Young University, BYU-Idaho, BYU-Hawaii and LDS Business College) and to paid professionals with the Church Educational System.Going forward, full-time employees with benefits who give birth “will be eligible for six weeks of paid medical maternity leave to recover from childbirth,” the policy memo reads.A wellness center on the seventh floor of the towering LDS Church Office Building on North Temple currently is under construction, with plans to open in October.It will include cardio and weightlifting equipment, group fitness studios, exercise classes, showers, healthy vending options and on-site coaches.Perhaps come up with some of your own ideas about how those job functions may be accommodated.Ask the applicant/employee for both his/her thoughts about those ideas and for his/her own ideas.Starting in late December, employees who have been ill, injured or otherwise disabled for seven days can receive two-thirds of their salary for up to 45 days.The plan, the memo says, should offer “peace of mind.” The church also is launching a wellness plan that will include education, counseling and convenient access to exercise facilities.
Failure to include the employee in conversations about possible accommodations can be the difference between being found liable for discrimination or not.Regardless, you need to try to have conversation anyway.And yes, the interactive process can be done in writing as long as it is conducive to the person being able to contribute on a substantive basis.“Prior to that, only 12 states (plus Washington, D.
C.) mandated any sort of maternity leave coverage.” Benefits were “left up to employers,” Jones said, “and most didn’t offer maternity leave coverage, with only 40 percent of female employees having access to such coverage.” That all changed in 1993, with adoption of the Family Medical Leave Act.
The change made it possible “for families to decide what best meets their needs as it relates to mothers working while raising children,” Mormon officials said at the time.