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ADA Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Service Animals

[Company Name] does not allow animals in the workplace; however, an individual with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act to bring a service animal to work when medically necessary. Procedures for requesting a reasonable accommodation are described in the [name of the policy] which can be found [location where the policy can be found].

Service Animals

In general, a service animal is an animal trained to work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, such as guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals to an impending seizure, or pulling a wheelchair and fetching dropped items.

[Company Name] will evaluate all requests to bring a service animal into the workplace to determine if the accommodation is reasonable and can be provided without undue hardship. Employees may be asked to bring the service animal to the workplace to demonstrate the animal's training and ability to be in the workplace without disruption.

If an accommodation is granted to allow a service animal in the workplace, the arrangement may be permitted on a temporary or trial basis. Reasonable behavior is expected from service animals while on company property. Disruptive and aggressive service animals must be removed from the premises immediately and permission to bring the animal to work will be revoked.

All animals need to be immunized against rabies and other diseases common to that type of animal. All vaccinations must be current, and animals must be in good health.

Service animals must wear an owner identification tag (which includes the name and phone number of the owner) at all times.

Animals must be on a leash, harness or other type of restraint at all times, unless the employee is unable to retain an animal on leash due to a disability.

The employee must be in full control of the animal at all times. The care and supervision of the animal is solely the responsibility of the employee. The employee is expected to clean and dispose of all animal waste appropriately.


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