ADAAA Vastly Expands Disability Category for Workplace Accommodations

The Americans With Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA) has made just about everything except the common cold a disability worthy of a workplace accommodation.

Online PR News – 10-February-2010 – – ONTARIO, Calif.—The Americans With Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA), which took effect at the onset of 2009, makes it significantly easier for employees to request “reasonable accommodations” for a now-broadened definition of what constitutes a disability, Personnel Concepts advises employers.

The ADA Amendments Act was enacted with the goal of restoring the original intent of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 after a series of court rulings had restricted eligibility for disability accommodation. Under ADAAA, any impairment that might substantially limit a major life activity, even if treated and under control, now qualifies as a disability, and the burden is on employers to provide a reasonable accommodation rather than challenging the disability qualification.

Employers with 15 or more employees are covered by the ADAAA and must be in compliance. Personnel Concepts has researched the new law thoroughly and issued its comprehensive ADA Amendments Act Compliance Kit to aid employers in meeting the new mandates.

The compliance kit will help keep costly legal challenges at bay by showing employers how to understand and implement the broadened provisions of the ADAAA.

“Since the new amendment will likely result in an increased number of reasonable accommodation requests and potentially more ADA-related lawsuits, we wanted to provide an informative, easy-to-implement solution for our valued clients who are affected by this law change.” said Robert Leland III, director of research for Personnel Concepts.

To order or obtain more information on Personnel Concepts’ ADAAA Compliance Kit, please visit the Personnel Concepts Web site, or call toll-free to (800) 333-3795.

Personnel Concepts virtually created the labor law and health and safety compliance poster industry in 1989 with its All-On-One approach. It also led the industry in developing a skilled, knowledgeable and experienced research team that keeps constant vigil on government regulatory changes and updates clients on changing labor law and OSHA requirements. Its “We Pay the Fine” guarantee was an industry first and is still a mainstay of its strong customer service tradition.

Personnel Concepts’ customers have relied on the company’s products and services for the past two decades to protect them from government fines, employee lawsuits and other costly consequences associated with non-compliance. Businesses throughout the nation have entrusted their compliance to Personnel Concepts, and the company in turn embraces that responsibility by keeping up to date on changing regulations and tailoring a wide variety of simplified solutions. The company currently advises and serves more than 1.2 million businesses throughout the United States from its headquarters in Ontario, Calif., with the motto “Your Trusted Compliance Partner.”

For further information, please contact:

Robert Leland, director of research and product development
(909) 472-4750