Hearts coach won’t give up on chase for second ahead of Celtic trip

first_img“It’s always difficult to lose but sometimes you learn more about the team and individuals in a defeat like that.“The manner of it was poor, we lost two poor goals to start with and we couldn’t get back into the game. St Johnstone are an experienced team and they killed it but we should still have got a foothold in the game and we didn’t quite do it.”Hearts drew 0-0 on their last visit to Celtic Park before a late wonder goal from Osman Sow earned a 2-2 draw in their last meeting in December.Neilson is relishing Saturday’s game with Ronny Deila’s team involved in a tussle with Aberdeen for the league crown. Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson says his team won’t give up on the race for second spot in the Scottish Premiership as they prepare to take on league leaders Celtic.The capital club are nine points behind Aberdeen but have a game in hand on the Dons heading into Saturday’s lunchtime clash in Glasgow’s East End.Neilson’s team hold a 13-point advantage in third spot over St Johnstone and the Tynecastle coach is aiming high before the end of the campaign.He told STV: “As long as we aim for second position then I’m pretty sure that third will take care of itself. He added: “It’s a great game to be involved in as a player, coach or a fan going to the game. “Celtic v Hearts are always big games. We got a good result there last time with a draw and we could possibly have nicked it at the end. “The players are optimistic now that they have progressed enough to get three points.”After keeping four clean sheets in their last five league games, Hearts are looking to bounce back from their 3-0 defeat to St Johnstone last time out and Neilson believes there will be more shock scorelines before the end of the season.He said: “The league is very tight. “You have a slight gap between first and third and the group behind that but that group are all fighting for points and competing well. “When you play against them it can be very difficult and Celtic, Aberdeen and Hearts will all drop points before the end of the season.”last_img read more

Leave as an ADA reasonable accommodation; when is enough…enough?

first_imgUnquestionably, when it come to tackling the Americans with Disabilities Act, one of the biggest issues affecting the workplace and accommodating disabled employees is providing leave as a reasonable accommodation. Anecdotally, a question that plagues most employers is just how much leave is enough?We know that an indefinite leave of absence is not a reasonable accommodation. But, what about when an employee takes one leave, after another, after another.When is enough enough?* * *The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals offered some guidance recently in Santandreu v. Miami Dade County. When an employee is uncertain about the duration of his condition, a leave of absence is not a reasonable accommodation:In the instant case, Santandreu never demonstrated that he would be able to return to work within a reasonable time. Santandreu had already taken several leaves of absence, received a total of fifteen months of leave, and still had no way of knowing when his doctor would allow him to resume full-time work. Even at the time of trial, Santandreu and his doctors attested that he still had not received medical clearance showing that he was able to work. Because Santandreu was unable to show that he would be able to perform the essential functions of the job anytime in the reasonably immediate future, his request for additional leave was not a request for a reasonable accommodation. This case is helpful to a point. Most employers faced with leave requests (as an ADA accommodation) are given an initial date certain (or estimated date) for the employee to return. There are times when that date will need to be pushed back. In Santandreau, enough was enough after about 17 months and four requests for extensions. Depending on the resources of your business, maybe the line could have been drawn sooner. Or maybe more leave would have been reasonable. What I’m saying is, Santandreau notwithstanding, there is no bright-line rule on time off. Except that: (1) indefinite leave is unreasonable; and (2) if your leave employee handbook quantifies a maximum amount of leave (e.g., no employee may take more than 12 consecutive weeks off), you’re asking for trouble — because rigidity is anathema to the interactive dialogue and individualized assessment that the ADA requires when determining reasonable accommodations. Instead, focus on open communication and good documentation. These are the hallmarks of reasonableness that a jury will understand if your ADA defenses are tested. More importantly, these are the attributes of good companies that will, hopefully, avoid lawsuits altogether and promote a happy workplace.last_img read more