Reasonable Accommodation for the Federal Workplace

Any “people manager” in a federal agency; this course is not intended to target HR specialists, agency policy-makers, or nonmanager employees

Please contact us for information about prerequisites.

Expected Duration
30 minutes

Leading and managing employees in an increasingly diverse workplace can be both rewarding and challenging. What do your employees expect? What legislation applies to accommodating their requests? What are the consequences of failing to comply? Federal agency managers must operate with sensitivity in handling accommodations for disabilities, religious practices, and medical leave. This requires a basic understanding of the anti-discrimination and disability legislation. This course provides an overview of the Rehabilitation Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidance that affects federal employers’ responsibilities in these areas. The course will help managers identify the situations where these laws come into play so that they can respond appropriately to specific requests.
This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Law Group of the law firm of Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any federal, state, or local laws. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.


Promoting Inclusive Workplace Practices

  • recognize the benefits for managers of supporting reasonable accommodations for employees
  • Accommodating Disability in the Workplace

  • describe the provisions made by federal disability legislation
  • recognize considerations for assessing disability accommodation requests
  • Religious Beliefs and Protected Leave

  • recognize how to respond appropriately to requests for religious accommodations
  • identify aspects of Title VII that you must consider when dealing with a religious accommodation request
  • recognize situations that might trigger legally protected leave




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