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Animals in the Workplace

Want your service or emotional support animal to help you at work?  The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a great place to go for more information.  Not only is it comprehensive, but also it is a service provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) so the information is reliable. Here are some specific links within the JAN site:

  • Accommodation and Compliance Series: Service Animals as Workplace Accommodations also available in pdf format.  Very useful page.  Answers the following questions: 
    • What kind of documentation can employers ask for related to a service animal? What if the employee's doctor was not involved in the acquisition of the service animal or the employee trained his own service animal and nobody else was involved so the typical kind of medical documentation that employers ask for is not be available? What might be considered sufficient documentation in this type of situation?
    • Does title I of the ADA require employers to automatically allow employees with disabilities to bring their service animals to work?
    • What is the definition of service animal under title I of the ADA? (Note: the answer to this raises the possibility of emotional support animals as an accommodation)  
Other links regarding employment and service animals:

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