May 21, 2015 · The ADA does not require the employer to provide transitional duty where the employee cannot meet the usual demands. So, in this case, the counting paper clips could not be required by the ADA. However, the employer should determine whether a reasonable accommodation would allow the person to return to his or her regular job.
An employer is not expected to create a permanent or new position for an employee who requires accommodation. However, employers are expected to accommodate employees with short-term light duty or rehabilitation assignments as part of a return-to-work program. (See the next section, Temporary assignments.)