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Conner Lantz
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You can make your life easier by implementing a standard no-pets policy, subject to accommodations for employees with disabilities. The moment you allow everybody to have dogs, you subject yourself to legal claims from the employees with allergies. But if you do go the latter route and are prepared to accommodate the allergic employees, you have the right to insist they provide a doctor’s note or other verification of the disability/allergy and their need for accommodation. At the end of the day, you really need to weigh the advantages of letting people bring dogs to work and whether it’s worth all the hassles. Hope that helps. Fun conversation. Glenn