Check out the Guide to Employment Law for California Employers and get up to speed on everything you need to know.Keep in mind that under California’s antibias law, which is more protective of employees than the ADA, it may be easier for an employee with diabetes to qualify as disabled.
People with diabetes may develop some of the limitations discussed below, but seldom develop all of them.
Also, the degree of limitation will vary among individuals.
Note, too, that you can’t withdraw a job offer because of an applicant’s diabetes if the person can perform the job’s essential duties, with or without reasonable accommodation, and without posing a direct threat to safety.
Medical Confidentiality Medical information about an employee must be kept confidential.
The amount of insulin taken must be balanced with food intake and daily activities.
Blood glucose levels must be closely monitored through frequent blood glucose testing.
During pregnancy, gestational diabetes requires treatment to normalize maternal blood glucose levels to avoid complications in the infant.
After pregnancy, 5% to 10% of women with gestational diabetes are found to have type 2 diabetes.
Fortunately for employers, the EEOC has released a new fact sheet addressing diabetes in the workplace.