Thursday, March 24, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: EEOC releases its final regulations interpreting the ADA Amendments Act

Today, the EEOC made available to the public its final regulations interpreting the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA). The regulations will become official upon their formal publication in tomorrow’s Federal Register. The EEOC is providing a website that collects links to the final regulations, a Q & A on the regulations, a Q & A for small businesses, and a fact sheet discussing the regulations.

I am going to take the weekend to read the regulations, and will share my thoughts and analysis on Monday. In the meantime, Daniel Schwartz, at his Connecticut Employment Law Blog, reports that SHRM has advised its members “that they were pleased with several changes from the draft version.” There is at least some hope that the final regulations will not be as onerous on businesses as originally feared.

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