And to top off these positive results about the cost and benefits of workplace accommodations, the employers in the study also reported that JAN understood their needs and provided information that met their needs.In addition, 100% of employers stated that they would use JAN services again for assistance with workplace accommodations. Workplace accommodations are low cost and high impact, and JAN can help employers make them, free of charge.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act and regulations from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission refocused attention on workplace accommodations by broadening the definition of disability; more coverage means more employees will likely be entitled to workplace accommodations.
This increased attention has some employers concerned about the costs of providing job accommodations.
In addition, the individuals tended to be fairly well-educated, with 54% having a college degree or higher.
However, a study conducted by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a service of the U. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), shows that workplace accommodations not only are low cost, but also positively impact the workplace in many ways. JAN, in partnership with the University of Iowa’s Law, Health Policy, and Disability Center (LHPDC), interviewed 1,182 employers between January 2004 and December 2006.
In addition, JAN, in partnership with the West Virginia University School of Social Work (formerly School of Applied Social Sciences), interviewed 1,157 employers between June 28, 2008, and July 31, 2016.