President signs ADA Amendments Act

As expected, President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act on September 25, 2008. The Act supersedes several Supreme Court decisions that unfairly limited protections under the ADA.

"This is a monumental victory for people with disabilities. As America seeks to respond to the economic challenges we face, this law -- if enforced -- will assure that people with disabilities are fairly included in the workforce and that we can do our jobs free from discrimination,” said Jim Ward, ADA Watch/National Coalition for Disability Rights founder and president.

Set to take effect January 1, 2009, the Act clarifies the definition of “disability” in that a person may be disabled even though they may use medication, prosthetics and assistive technology to alleviate their disability.

Please stay tuned to G.Neil’s HR Forum for the latest news on how the new disabilities legislation may affect your business.

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