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Are You Ready for the ADA Amendments Act of 2008

November 26, 2008
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When President George W. Bush signed legislation to expand the protections afforded by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, it broadened the definition of ‘disabled,’ triggering important changes for employers. Being informed of these changes—and in compliance with the new law—is a must for employers and HR.
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A Capable, Underserved Workforce

November 18, 2008
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Recruiting candidates with disabilities is often overlooked, but overwhelming evidence says those workers shouldn’t be.
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Suits Challenge Social Security Disability Practices

October 28, 2008
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Lawsuits against two large disability insurers have called into question a nearly universal practice in the long-term disability insurance industry: Most long-term disability policies require claimants to request Social Security disability benefits and reduce the insurer’s payout by a commensurate amount.
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ADA Amendment Act of 2008

October 16, 2008
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The ADA Amendments Act effectively resets our understanding of how employers and employees can best work together to address employees’ disability-related requests for accommodation.
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Employers Find Legal Support for Surveillance to Fight FMLA Abuse

October 14, 2008
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A recent court decision offers confirmation on the practice of spying on employees as a valuable—and legal—tool for fighting FMLA fraud.
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New York Attorney General to Probe Disability Claims of Commuter Line Retirees

September 25, 2008
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From 2001 through 2007, the Long Island Rail Road had 753 cases of disabilities said to have resulted from arthritis and rheumatism, compared with 32 cases reported by Metro-North, another Metropolitan Transportation Authority-owned railroad.
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Senate Could Act Quickly on Expanded ADA

September 5, 2008
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When Congress returns from its summer break, a bill that would expand Americans with Disabilities Act could find itself on the Senate fast track.
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ADA 'Association' Claim

July 2, 2008
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Even if there is a legitimate business reason for terminating an employee, disparate treatment of similarly situated employees by a company suggests a reasonable inference of pretext. Employers are advised that when considering taking action against workplace misconduct, they should take action that is consistent and is in line with company policy.
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Employers Welcome Compromise on ADA

June 30, 2008
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The House last week approved a revised bill expanding the scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act, allaying the business community’s concerns about a previous version of the bill.
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House Passes Expansion of ADA

June 26, 2008
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The ADA Amendments Act, which the House passed on a 402-17 vote, came in response to a series of court decisions that narrowed the scope of the ADA’s protection.
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