Employment Law Newsletter: The “New” ADA (What’s Old, What’s New and What’s Different)


Friday, June 17, 2011

The Wyrick Robbins Employment Law Group has released the Spring 2011 issue of The Resource: A Legal Newsletter for Employers & Human Resource Professionals.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. Eighteen years later, on September 25, 2008, Congress amended the ADA by passing the ADA Amendments Act (“ADAAA”). The ADAAA also directed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) to amend its regulations to reflect the changes to the ADA. The ADAAA became effective as of January 1, 2009.

On March 25, 2011, the EEOC released its final regulations implementing Title I of the ADA as amended by the ADAAA. These regulations became effective 60 days later, on May 25, 2011.

This volume of The Resource provides a brief summary of what has been changed or added to the original law and what remains the same, as well as a recommended approach for employers in dealing with individuals with physical and mental impairments under the amended ADA.