The Michigan Department of Civil Rights has updated a poster
that employers must post at their Michigan work sites. The
poster—Michigan Law Prohibits Discrimination—is a
required posting under the Michigan Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act
and the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act
(MPWDA). The new poster was recently released and has reinserted
language addressing accommodation under the MPWDA that had been
eliminated in 2011. The new poster now states that "Persons
with disabilities needing accommodation for employment must notify
their employers in writing within 182 days."
This notice provision addressing the need for accommodation
arises from the MPWDA, which provides at MCL §37.1210 as
A person with a disability may allege
a violation against a person regarding a failure to accommodate
under this article only if the person with a disability notifies
the person in writing of the need for accommodation within 182 days
after the date the person with a disability knew or reasonably
should have known that an accommodation was needed.
A person shall post notices or use
other appropriate means to provide all employees and job applicants
with notice of the requirements of subsection (18).
The new Michigan poster can be obtained at the Michigan
Department of Civil Rights link.
Post the Michigan Law Prohibits Discrimination poster in a
conspicuous place along with your other required employment
postings. In addition, any employee handbook or similar
communication provided to employees should contain language
notifying employees of their need to inform their employer about a
need for accommodation in writing within 182 days of when the
employee knew or reasonably should have known that an accommodation
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