Get Ready to Relearn the ADA

Get ready to relearn the Americans with Disabilities Act -- by Jan. 1, 2009. New legislation signed last month has defanged a common employer defense, and the changes are going to have real repercussions in the workplace.

On Sept. 25, 2008, with his father looking on, President George W. Bush quietly signed legislation that significantly broadened the scope of protection available under the ADA. The legislation, known as the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), "carries out the ADA's objectives" to expand coverage by, among other things, expressly rejecting Supreme Court cases that narrowly construed the definition of "disability" under the ADA.

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