Labor: 7 questions about the new ADAAA regulations

Employers are stuggling to understand their obligation to provide reasonable accommodation under the new law.

By now, all employers should know about the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA). The ADAAA overturned the U.S. Supreme Court decisions that Congress believed had interpreted the definition of “disability” too narrowly.

Though the ADAAA went into effect on Jan. 1, 2009, the EEOC did not issue its new regulations until May 20, 2011. Now, employers are struggling to understand whether the ADAAA has changed their obligation to provide “reasonable accommodation” under federal law.

3. How should employers assess a request for reasonable accommodation?

The EEOC suggests that employers consider three questions when presented with a request for accommodation:


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Sara Ackermann

Sara Ackermann is a shareholder with Wausau, Wisconsin-based Ruder Ware, where she has substantial experience advising and representing clients in the...

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