The ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), which went into effect January 1, rejected the holdings in several U.S. Supreme Court decisions and portions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations that Congress believed construed the definition of "disability" too narrowly. Under the new law, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was expected to revise its regulations to conform to changes made by the Act; the agency published proposed regulations in the September 23 Federal Register. The ADAAA and the proposed rule make it easier for an individual to establish that he/she meets the ADA's definition of "disability." Here are the highlights of the proposed rule.
Major life activities. The ADAAA provides a non-exhaustive list of examples of major life activities: caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathi...(register to read more)