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Using the “Direct Threat” Defense to Withdraw an Offer of Hire to a Person with a Disability

Using the “Direct Threat” Defense to Withdraw an Offer of Hire to a Person with a Disability An employer may assert a “direct threat” defense when making a determination not to hire an applicant with a disability when the employer…

Employee Incapable of Complying with Valid Safety Requirements is Not a “Qualified” Individual

Employee Incapable of Complying with Valid Safety Requirements is Not a “Qualified” Individual An employee who is categorically unable to comply with an employer’s valid workplace safety requirement is not a “qualified” individual under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),…

The Deadly Effects Of Sitting

The Deadly Effects of Prolonged Sitting Let’s face it, humans are simply not physically designed to sit for prolonged periods of time staring at a computer monitor all day long and moving only selected muscles in the forearms and hands…

Employer Requirements for Mandated Vaccines

Employer Requirements for Administering Mandated Vaccines for COVID-19 Although mandatory vaccinations are controversial and have received much national attention in recent weeks, employer-mandated vaccinations are not new. Employers have implemented mandatory vaccination policies for years, most often in healthcare settings…

Are You Ready For The New Year

Are You Ready for the New Year? A Message from WorkSaver Systems I am sure I can speak for all our readers when I say “good riddance to 2020!”. With that obvious proclamation, all of us at WorkSaver would like…

In Memory of Ellen Bunch

In Memory of Ellen Bunch, RN Past President of WorkSaver Systems WorkSaver Systems regrets having to announce that Ellen Bunch, R.N. passed away on September 10th, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. She served as President of WorkSaver Employee…

Legally Using a Direct Threat Defense when Withdrawing a Job Offer or Terminating an Existing Employee

The “Direct Threat” Defense when Withdrawing a Job Offer or Terminating an Existing Employee WorkSaver Physical Ability Tests (PATs) are based on validated essential functions of a job and establishes pass/fail criteria at the “Direct Threat” level. The direct threat…

Do Sit-Stand Work Stations Really Help?

By Richard Bunch, PhD, PT, CBES and Trevor Bardarson, PT, OCS, CBES The use of sit-stand stations has become an increasingly popular method for battling the effects of prolonged seated posture. However, the reality is that office workers, in general,…

Proper Manual Material Handling

By Richard Bunch, PhD, PT, CBES and Trevor Bardarson, PT, OCS, CBES Various publications have listed recommended weight limits for manual material handling. Based on the research used to develop the NIOSH lift equation, it is apparent that about 51…

OSHA Releases Guidance on Reopening Workplaces

(The following article written by the law firm, Proskauer Rose LLP, and published in Lexology. Proskauer is a leading international law firm with offices in  New York, Beijing, Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Paris, São Paulo and Washington,…

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