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Can a Fitness-for-Duty Examination be Required if I have a Mental Condition?

An Employee’s Question I’ve been off work for six weeks or so, seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to my military service. Although my condition was debilitating at onset, I feel much better now and am fully able…

GINA, ADA Boundaries in Fitness-For-Duty Exams

An informal discussion letter released by the EEOC sketches out the lawful boundaries under GINA and the ADA with regard to medical history inquires and annual fitness-for-duty examinations. Although the letter responds to an inquiry about medical history information sought…

Can a Fitness for Duty Examination Provide ADA Accommodations?

By Richard Bunch, PhD, PT, CBES – CEO, WorkSaver Systems Occasionally, I find that there is some confusion by clinical evaluators and even employers regarding how to properly conduct a post-offer, pre-placement fitness for duty (FFD) evaluation when the test…

Should a Woman be Hired for Labor Intensive Jobs?

First of all, allow me to state the obvious. It is illegal to deny a job to anyone based on gender. Women can and do play invaluable and innovative roles in the job market, including labor intensive jobs. Despite a…

Why Fitness for Duty Testing and Ergonomics are So Important Today

Preventing on the job injuries has never been more important to industries. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are increasing and costing employers over $20 billion a year in direct costs (with a multiple of 3-4 x for indirect costs). The average…

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