October is Disability Employment Awareness Month and this year, many have a reason to celebrate with the recent passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008, which was signed into law on September 25, 2008 and becomes effective January 1, 2009. This law extends workplace protections for the disabled. This change will require employers to address and revise their policies and procedures. We’ve compiled some resources to help:
EEOC: specific changes to the ADA made by the ADA Amendments Act.
BLR: Americans With Disabilities Act Information Center – what employers need to know about the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA)
The Gavel: House Passes Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments
George’s Employment Blawg has a three-part series on this legislation: Part 1: House Widely Approves ADA Amendments, But What Difference Will They Make If They Become Law?; Part 2; and Part 3
ADA.gov – information and technical assistance on the Americans With Disabilities Act
Office of Disability Employment Policy – part of the U.S. Department of Labor
DisabilityInfo.gov – a comprehensive online resource designed to provide people with disabilities with quick and easy access to the information they need.
Veterans With Service-Connected Disabilities and the ADA – A guide for employers from EEOC
Questions and Answers About Cancer in the Workplace and the ADA – from EEOC
Job Accommodation Network
5 Things Every Company Needs to Know About People With Disabilities


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