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Evacuation planning: Pay attention to ADA responsibilities

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The ADA requires you to provide disabled employees with equal access to all employer-sponsored programs. That may require you to make reasonable accommodations for disabled workers.

While the ADA was created to stop employment discrimination, the law also requires you to provide equal access (and possibly accommodations) for disabled employees in the area of emergency evacuations from your workplace.

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In the aftermath of 9/11, the Labor Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy focused on employers' duties in helping disabled employees safely leave the workplace in case of an emergency. It released a publication, Preparing the Workplace for Everyone, that's directed at federal agencies but offers lots of helpful advice for private employers, too.

To help employers discover which employees need extra help in evacuating the building, the EEOC has relaxed its rules on the type of medical-related quest...(register to read more)

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