Attorney Jill Chasson

Should Service Animals Be Allowed in the Workplace? Attorney Jill Chasson Breaks It Down With HR Daily Advisor

Service dogs are a common sight in public places, but what happens when someone wants to bring their furry friend into the office? BLR’s HR Daily Advisor turned to Jill Chasson for insight on whether companies should allow service or emotional support animals into their workplaces and, if so, how they should evaluate the situation. Jill explains that the answer is often circumstantial. When considering such a request, the employer should follow the ADA interactive process, just as with any other request for accommodation. A good starting point is to have the employee identify their medical condition(s), the resulting limitations, the type and breed of animal, and how the animal will assist them in performing their essential job functions. The company may also ask to see...

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Jill Chasson Addresses Disclosing Pronoun Preferences in Email Signatures for HR Daily Advisor

With gender identity, gender fluidity and transgender rights gaining more public attention in recent years, Jill Chasson wrote an article for BLR’s HR Daily Advisor and Employment Law Letter (West) highlighting factors employers should consider around specifying pronouns in email signatures. Jill addressed the benefits of requiring all employees to add pronouns to their email signatures , including attracting new workers and preventing employees with more ambiguous names from being mistaken for the wrong gender. She also covered why companies might choose to leave it to employees to accommodate nonbinary employees who are reluctant to specify as well as those who have faith-based objections, and shared business reasons why some companies prohibit the practice. Regardless of whether a company opts to require or prohibit pronoun inclusion,...

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