New Federal Regulations Covering Disabled Employees Will Affect Greater Numbers of Associations
By: Mark A. Trank, Esq.
On March 25, 2011, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its final revised Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations in order to implement the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. These new regulations will affect virtually all associations that employ 15 or more individuals, since they are covered under the ADA.
The ADA Amendments Act made important changes to the definition of the term “disability” by rejecting the holdings in several U.S. Supreme Court decisions. The effect of these changes is to make it easier for an individual seeking protection under the ADA to establish that he or she has a disability within the meaning of the ADA.