Indefinite Leave Not Required under Disability Discrimination Laws Where Employee is Unable to Work
Jackson Lewis Disability, Leave and Health Management Blog
Posted on May 1, 2012 by:  
Kristin L. Bauer & Victor N. Corpuz

An employer was not required to provide indefinite leave as a reasonable accommodation to an employee who was unable to work at the time of his termination and, thus, was not a qualified individual with a disability, the federal appeals court in New Orleans has ruled. Amsel v. Texas Water Dev. Bd., 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 5681 (5th Cir. Mar. 19, 2012).  The Court affirmed summary judgment in favor of the employer on the employee’s claims for disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and for retaliation under the Family and Medical Leave Act.  The Court also ruled that the employee failed to establish that his termination was related to his FMLA leave, which ended two months before his termination date. The Fifth Circuit has jurisdiction over Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. 

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Factors That Affect Functional Capacity in Patients with Musculoskeletal Pain: A Delphi Study Among Scientists, Clinicians, and Patients
Contribution by Larry Feeler, PT, CEAS
CEO/Founder | WorkSTEPS  

WorkSTEPS Founder and CEO Larry Feeler recently was a contributing Consulting Scientist for the following Delphi Study on how musculoskeletal pain affects Functional Capacity. In addition to his scientific contributions, Feeler referred a number of participating patients who participated in the study. Click here to read more!

Authored by: Sandra E. Lakke, MSc, Harriët Wittink, PhD, Jan H. Geertzen, PhD, Cees P. van der Schans, PhD, Michiel F. Reneman, PhD
Originially Published: Arch Phys Med Rehab Vol 93, March 2012

How Do You Eat An Elephant?
By: Debra Lord, PT, CEAS | Job Ready Services

Imagine a fit, productive workforce with little or no turnover. Imagine protocols and policies in place that promote safe employees staying in their jobs with only minor injuries and quick, safe return-to-work after an injury (in most cases, no out of work time at all!).
It all starts with an accurate job analysis....Click here to read the rest of the article


Contribution by Larry Feeler, PT, CEAS

Job Analysis Article
- By: Debra Lord, PT, CEAS | Job Ready Services


WorkSTEPS is always looking to expand the reach of our provider network by adding skilled providers. In the second quarter of 2012, we added new provider locations in:
ArkansasNorth Carolina
CaliforniaNorth Dakota
KansasSouth Carolina
New York

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WorkSTEPS, Inc.
3019 Alvin Devane Blvd.,
Suite 150
Austin, TX  78741
Phone: (512) 617-4100