With more workers being invited back into the workplace as the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be subsiding, you can expect an uptick in requests for disability accommodations to continue working remotely in some capacity, even when the asserted disability isn’t coronavirus-related. If the past is any indication of the future (and in this case, I think it is), managers and HR pros would be wise to dust off their interactive process hats.
With the COVID vaccine becoming widely available, I suspect management will sound the “all clear” in the next few months and ask employees to return to the office. I also suspect you’ll see pushback from employees with disabilities who will continue to request “work from home” as a reasonable accommodation. If you have any doubt, consider this: