Understanding Workplace Personal Assistance Services

One of the provisions of the updated Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act regulations issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in January of this year requires federal agencies to provide personal assistance services (PAS) to certain employees with disabilities as a form of affirmative action. PAS is not required as a reasonable accommodation in the private employment context, however, except when needed for work-related travel. A recently updated resource from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) explores the new Section 501 requirement and provides general information about PAS in both the federal and private sectors. Read the JAN publication on PAS.