Here we go. EEOC has gone to federal court to begin fleshing out a statutory right to telework under the ADA for those who qualify as disabled under the ADA and for whom telework would be a reasonable accommodation. Given how many Americans are resisting vaccinations or prefer a treatment of horse de-wormer and Clorox Chewables, this virus is likely to be with us for a long time. So, union reps should follow this case, as reported in Bloomberg News, closely to see what precedents are set for them to follow.  Below is a list of those physical conditions most likely to be recognized to qualify as disabling in a COVID rich workplace.

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic lung diseases, including COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension
  • Diabetes (type 1 or type 2)
  • Down syndrome
  • Having heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, and possibly high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system)
  • Liver disease
  • Overweight and obesity (defined as a body mass index(BMI) > 25 kg/m2 but < 30 kg/m2), obesity (BMI ≥30 kg/m2 but < 40 kg/m2), or severe obesity (BMI of ≥40 kg/m2)
  • Pregnant and recently pregnant people (for at least 42 days following end of pregnancy)
  • Sickle cell disease or thalassemia
  • Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant
  • Substance use disorders

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  1. What is the source for the “physical conditions most likely to be recognized to qualify as disabling in a COVID rich workplace” list?

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