U.S. Employers: Get Ready for the ADA Amendments Act of 2008
Employers in the United States have some big changes on their hands for 2009. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 will go into effect on January 1, 2009. While many employers may be aware of the changed ADA Amendments Act, one can’t help but wonder: are they really ready for all the necessary changes? There are many, and the definition of disability has been changed drastically.
The following article is aimed at educating employers about the necessary changes and ‘things to know’ for this big change on January 1, 2009. It begins with a history of disability and a timeline of significant changes along the way. Then the article digs right in, outlining the important information that employers, and more specifically human resource professionals, must know.
This article outlines many of the changes to the term ‘disability’ set forth in the new ADA Amendments Act, such as the inclusion of terms such as ‘major life activity’, ‘regarded as disabled’ and a ‘transitory or minor’ disability. The article then goes on to list seven very important steps that employers will need to take to be in compliance with the new act, such as ‘make all reasonable attempts to accommodate an employee’s impairment’ and ‘assume that an employees impairment does in fact qualify as a disability’.
Are You Ready for the ADA Amendments Act of 2008?
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