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Resources for Laws and Regulations

 

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides legal information, guidelines, and technical assistance.

DisabilityInfo.gov is a comprehensive, well-organized resource for employers and job seekers.

Employers and the ADA: Myths and Facts is a page on the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s site for employers that debunks ten common myths about federal law.

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) ADA Home Page includes many excellent resources for employers. The “ADA Business Connection” section of the site includes business briefs and tax incentive information.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) The EEOC enforces the ADA’s employment provisions.

In this article, Employers Must At Least TRY To Accommodate Disabled Employees, a California law firm explains one state law in their Employee Rights Blog.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Laws and Regulations

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures that people with disabilities have the same access to employment opportunities, and the benefits of employment, as everyone else.  It covers Employment, State and Local Government Activities, Public Transportation, Public Accommodations, and Telecommunications Relay Services. For answers to some of your questions about how it could affect your business, you can read a practical guide to the act.

That sounds straightforward, but in the real world there is much uncertainty. Take job interviews for example. Employers worry that they’ll inadvertently say something wrong in an interview, despite good intentions (see Interviewing Tips). Job seekers worry that they’ll be asked an inappropriate question, resulting in the uncomfortable choice of answering an inappropriate question, or risking the loss of their chance at the job by telling the employer that the question isn’t permissible.  

Fortunately, most concerns evaporate with a little education. The needed information is readily available and pretty straightforward, starting with the links on the right. In situations where discrimination does occur (whether you are the job seeker, or you are the employer of a manager who oversees a person with a disability), you’ll be informed about your rights and you’ll be more likely to persist without letting one bad experience lead you to giving up.

Watch this online training for a complete overview: Civil Rights and Legal Issues. You can browse the links to learn about specific topics of interest to you.

Ultimately, the ADA means that job seekers are completely free to apply for any job they feel qualified to perform! That’s a win for the job seeker and a win for the lucky employer who gains access to a phenomenal new employee.

“Disabled folks will tell you…we want to participate as fully and as richly as we can, and we want to contribute no less than anyone else. We want to exercise as many options and choices as we possibly can. You know why? Because we can. We want to laugh often and live our lives out loud. You know why? Because we can. But most of all we want to dream new dreams. And we want to realize as many of our dreams as possible. You know why? Of course you do.”

– Alan Brightman, author, Connections in the Land of Disability.