Here's a look at some of the more significant laws affecting the workplace that were enacted or became effective in 2009.
Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA). The ADAAA significantly expands the protections of the original Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to include more individuals with less severe impairments, effective January 1, 2009. The ADAAA also directed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to amend its existing ADA regulations to conform with the new Act; accordingly, the EEOC released proposed regulations in September 2009.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). This amended COBRA to provide a 65% subsidy for health insurance premiums for employees who were involuntarily terminated. (Note: Eligibility for the subsidy was to have expired at the end of 2009; however, the eligibility period has been extended to include employees laid off as of February ...(register to read more)