July Issue Highlights
- July 2013 a note from the editor
- Profile: Lisa K. Horn
- The Results of DOMA’s Downfall by Jeff Weintraub and Jennifer Riley
- Will the NLRB’s Lack of a Forum Cause the Labor Board to Stagnate?
- Does Your Boss Have Empathy? by Harvey Deutschendorf
- Title VII: The Supervisor Liability Rule by Mary C. Hamm
- SHRM’s New HR Competency Model by Dorothy Knapp
- It Takes a Village to Impact the Wellness of Employees by Donna Tosches
- Final Rule Expands FMLA by Timothy W. Lindsay
- How the Affordable Care Act Impacts Employers by Andy Impastato, Esq
- FLSA: It’s Not Just an Admistrative Issue by Paul E. Prather and R. Alex Boals
- The Latest on Immigration Legislation by Greg Siskind
- Five Tips on Hiring Superior Performers by Voss W. Graham
- Book Look: The Other Kind of Smart, Simple Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence
- PPAC: Play or Pay Penalty by Larry Fortenberry and William M. McNamara
- Memphis Business Group on Health Tackles Payment Change at Their 5th Annual Conference
Happy Birthday to the Americans with Disabilities Act!
(July 25, 2013) Did you know that twenty-three years ago this week, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act? On July 26, 1990, President Bush declared it “the most important civil rights legislation in the last century.” As all HR professionals know, this legislation guaranteed equal opportunity for people with disabilities in public accommodations, commercial facilities, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications. The new legislation defined disability as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity”—a definition that has withstood many challenges since 1990.
Then in 2008 President George W. Bush signed the ADA Amendments Act, better know as the ADAAA, which gave workers with disabilities even broader protections by adding to the list of “major life activities”: “caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.” One of the most important facts about this legislation was that it overturned a 1999 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that held that a person was not disabled if an impairment could be corrected by mitigating measures, stating that impairment must be determined without considering such measures.
In 1990 when the law was first signed, it affected 43 million Americans. However, today it applies to 56.7 million people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That means almost one in five people—or 19 percent of the civilian non-institutionalized population! These are staggering statistics! Disabilities impact one’s sight, hearing, speech, mobility, learning and/or mental health. These disabilities also have names such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism, cerebral palsy, dyslexia and depression.
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