Congress gave final approval on Sept. 17, 2008 to legislation that will bring more Americans under the umbrella of “disabled” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). That will require employees to offer work accommodations to a larger pool of employees. The law took effect on Jan. 1, 2009.
HR Specialist will be covering "the new ADA" in depth. We'll catalog all our stories on this page. Consider bookmarking it so you can check back regularly to see what's new.
All the following links will take you to either HR Specialist articles about the law or outside resources we think will help you better understand its implications.
Congress Approves Bill to Expand ADA's Definition of 'Disability' (Sept. 17, 2008)
Text of S. 3406: ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (Sept. 17, 2008)
Congressional Research Service summary of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (Sept. 17, 2008)
The New ADA: What It Means for Employers and HR (
Sept. 23, 2008 UPDATED Sept. 25, 2008)
- Federal workers have 45 days to complain of bias internally
- Play the customer to unearth problems
- Don't grant unlimited leave as ADA accommodation
- Accept public funds? Then don't use religion as basis for making employment decisions
- Beware schedule changes that lower pay! They could trigger discrimination lawsuits