Programs and Services
The FSDS staff advise and assist college and department administrators, supervisors, and employees with health conditions to attain successful employment arrangements when work is affected by employees’ health conditions. The office has oversight and administration responsibility for policy related to employment and health including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
- Educate college and department administrators, faculty, and staff in employment management and accommodation policy and procedures;
- Assist administrators in development of positions’ essential functions and establishment of expectations;
- Evaluate needs and recommend employment options pertaining to an employee’s health condition requirements and department position expectations;
- Identify effective employment accommodations using an interactive process that includes the employee, supervisor, Human Resources representative and recommendations of the health professional;
- Communicate directly with treating health professionals to obtain medical recommendations pertaining to an employee’s condition;
- Assist departments in acquiring accommodations when necessary;
- Assist departments and employees in return to work when health conditions have required employee work absences;
- Counsel employees on obligations and employment options pertaining to work and employment benefits (e.g., employment leaves, Worker’s Compensation, FMLA, ADA, employee return to work programs, employment referral assistance, Unemployment, Disability Insurance, Catastrophic Leave, etc.) Refer to campus and/or community service as applicable.
The Office also administers and/or coordinates:
- Employment training program for community human service agency clients who have disabilities; and
- Job coaching services. Job coaching reduces supervisor teaching requirements, assesses employee task skills, and identifies teaching strategies to match an employee’s learning capabilities.