Reasonable Accommodation for the Federal Workplace

  • 4 Topics | 19m 59s
  • Up to 30 languages
  • Transcripts
Leading and managing employees in an increasingly diverse workplace can be both rewarding and challenging. Federal agency managers must operate with sensitivity when handling accommodations for disabilities, religious practices, and medical leave. What do your employees expect? What legislation applies to accommodating their requests? What are the consequences of failing to comply? Answering these questions requires a basic understanding of the anti-discrimination and disability legislation. This course provides an overview of the Rehabilitation Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines that affect federal employers' responsibilities in these areas. The course will help managers identify the situations where these laws come into play so they can respond appropriately to specific requests. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Law Group of the law firm of Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any federal, state, or local laws. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.


  • recognize actions to take when approached with accommodation requests
  • recognize how to respond appropriately to requests for religious accommodations
  • identify situations that might trigger legally protected leave
  • recognize the reasons for making accommodations and situations where they are appropriate


  • Accommodating Disabilities in the Workplace
  • Accommodating Employees' Religious Beliefs
  • Accommodating Protected Leave
  • Knowledge Check: Supporting Workplace Inclusivity