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Tell me if you have heard this before: Your business owner friends complain that they adjust too much to their employers in the name of reasonable accommodation or RA for short. Since you will become a businessman yourself: let me share with you some tips about RA.
Reasonable Accommodation Allows for Diversity
The concept was originally developed for those who have unique religious practices that prevented them from working during specific times of the day. It was also created to help those who are differently-abled who wanted to work.
For example, a Seventh Day Adventist is required by his religious practices to spend all of Saturday in prayer. RA allows the employer to schedule his day-off on that day so he can spend it the way his faith requires him to.
At the same time, an individual who is only four feet tall the business owner might be asked to provide a stool or some other way so the person can reach counters or get work done despite their short height.
Undue hardship is the exception to RA. There are situations where the employer cannot make a reasonable accommodation to provide for them. It usually happens when the requirement is no longer possible to give.
For example, a small mom and pop convenience store might be reasonable in providing a stool or some other way to allow a very short person to access the shelves and other places where the employee needs to work. On the other hand, it might be too much to expect them to put of braille to allow a blind person to work as a stocking clerk.
Granted that there is some difficulty in making RA. What you probably would like to know is that providing RA is incentivized by the government. For instance, you can get tax breaks or deductions to the amount you need to pay the government if you can prove that you spent on providing RA.
There is also the social bonus that comes with providing RA because people will think you are socially aware. Remember to get some insurance for your building and equipment just in case. At Insurance Services of Washington Inc., we aim to make our client's life easier with policies that are tailored to their needs. You can get more information about our products and services by calling our agency at (425) 868-1123. Get your free quote today by CLICKING HERE.