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What managers need to know about the ADA

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employment Law,HR Management,Human Resources

When you're faced with an employee or applicant who may have a physical or mental disability, your legal antenna should go up right away. That's because the complex Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) gives qualified disabled people special rights in the workplace. Here's what a manager needs to know about the ADA:

Who is protected?

The ADA covers more than just people who are deaf, blind or in wheelchairs. Technically, people are "disabled" under the ADA if they have a physical or mental impairment that "substantially limits one or more major life activities," such as sleeping, standing or working.

Depending on the person's condition, that can include ailments such as epilepsy, diabetes or arthritis, plus mental impairments, such as major depression and bipolar disorder. The ADA protects people with a history of such impairments, such as an employee whose cancer is in remission. And in 2009, a new law broadened the defin...(register to read more)

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