The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its final revised Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and accompanying interpretive guidance in order to implement the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of disability.
In keeping with the ADAAA, the new regulations are to be construed broadly, and will dramatically change an employer's focus from whether someone is disabled, to what accommodations should be made.
These new regulations will be effective May 24, 2011, and are available in the Federal Register. Employers with 15 or more employees are encouraged to revise policies and train supervisors to comply with these new rules. [For assistance with either of these, please contact Jennings, Strouss & Salmon]
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