Expected Increase in ADA-related Claims and Lawsuits Means Employers Need to Prepare Quickly
Old Saybrook, CT, September 30, 2008— Last Thursday, President George W. Bush signed into law a measure (S. 3406) that significantly amends the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). BLR® expects a significant increase in ADA-related claims and lawsuits will result and encourages employers to prepare quickly and in time for when the amendment becomes law – Jan 1, 2009.
“The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment (ADAA) provides broader protections for disabled workers and turns back the clock on Supreme Court rulings deemed too restrictive of disabled employees’ rights,” said Catherine L. Moreton, JD, Managing Editor for HR and Compensation at BLR. “The bottom line is that more employees will fit within the definition of disabled under the ADA and unless employers are prepared they will significantly increase their risk of lawsuits.”
To help understand the ADA amendments and its impact, BLR has made a number of resources available:
Summary of ADA Impact on US Employers
What U.S. Employers need to do now to prepare:
For media who would like to talk to ADAA subject-matter expert Catherine L. Moreton, JD, Managing Editor for HR and Compensation at BLR, please call (800) 727-5257 X2442 or email: Media @ BLR.com
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