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New ADAAA regs now in effect! Get ready for more lawsuits

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The final regulations for implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008 went into effect on May 24, 2011. In the two years since the ADAAA was enacted, employers have begun to experience the law's profound impact. 

The EEOC reports that the number of disability discrimination charges has increased by nearly 30% in the past two years. That’s inevitably going to lead to more ADA lawsuits. And more of them will be jury trials, as it becomes more difficult for employers to obtain summary judgments in their favor.

Now the regulations for implementing the ADAAA have been finalized. Since courts generally defer to such reasonable administrative interpretations, these regulations will be an important factor in future ADA cases.

The result of new regulations: More employees will now be considered to be protected by the ADA.

New regs clarify ‘disability’

With the ADAAA, Congress expressly overrule...(register to read more)

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