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The New ADA: What It Means for Employers and HR

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President Bush on Sept. 25 signed the ADA Amendments Act of 2008—the most significant change in the nation’s disabilities rights law since the original ADA was enacted in 1990.

The act takes effect on Jan. 1, 2009. Like the original ADA, it applies to employers with 15 or more workers, including part-time and temporary employees.

In the most general terms, the new ADA rules will require a thorough review of all your policies and practices involving employment of people with disabilities. Getting down to particulars, prepare to rewrite those policies, amend any ADA-related forms you use, adapt the interactive processes you use to identify reasonable accommodations and take a fresh look at how you implement accommodations.

Where the law came from

Congress passed the the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 largely in reaction to a series of court decisions over the last 10 years that critics said severely undercut the ADA’s ori...(register to read more)

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