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The Morning Risk Report: Ebola And The Americans With Disabilities Act

8.11.14

Peter Gillespie was quoted in the August 11, 2014 Wall Street Journal Risk & Compliance Report article "The Morning Risk Report: Ebola and the Americans with Disabilities Act."

The World Health Organization has declared Ebola a public health emergency, and multinationals are restricting travel to or evacuating employees from affected areas. Yet employers risk liability under the Americans with Disabilities Act if they overreact. “It’s important for employers to review Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization guidance to make sure they understand the science and the medical information currently out there in order to respond appropriately,” said Peter.

He adds that it would be worthwhile to consult the pandemic flu guidance issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2009 for insight into how regulators might respond to similar scenarios.

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