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(May 10, 2010) 5 Myths & the Real Facts for Employers about hiring people with disabilities from Think Beyond the Label.
Hiring employees with disabilities increases workers compensation insurance rates.
Insurance rates are based solely on the relative hazards of the operation and the organization's accident experience, not on whether workers have disabilities.
Providing accommodations for people with disabilities is expensive.
The majority of workers with disabilities do not need accommodations to perform their jobs, and for those who do, the cost is usually minimal. In fact, 56% of accommodations cost less than $600, with many costing nothing at all. Employers also report that accommodations paid for employees WITH disabilities typically cost only $320 more than what they would have paid for an employee WITHOUT a disability who was in the same position1. And available tax incentives make it even easier for businesses to cover accessibility costs.
1Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a service of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy
The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) forces employers to hire unqualified individuals with disabilities.
Unqualified candidates are not protected under the ADA. To be protected from discrimination in hiring, an individual must first meet all requirements for a job and be able to perform its essential functions with or without reasonable accommodations.
Employees with disabilities have a higher absentee rate than employees without disabilities.
Studies by firms such as DuPont show that employees with disabilities are not absent any more than employees without disabilities.
Under the ADA, an employer cannot fire an employee who has a disability.
Employers can fire workers with disabilities under three conditions:
(Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy)
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