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New Regulations Clarify Requirements Under the Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act: What Employers Need to Know

April 6, 2011

The first President Bush signed the original Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") into law in 1991. Seventeen years later the second President Bush signed the ADA Amendments Act ("ADAAA"), which made several significant pro-employee changes to the law that cancel out pro-employer interpretations of the ADA developed by a series of Supreme Court decisions. On March 25, 2011, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") issued final Regulations and Guidance under the ADAAA. These Regulations become effective on May 24, 2011. While most employers are likely aware of the changes to the law, the current regulations should serve as a catalyst for educating your management team on compliance.

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