"Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves."
– Abraham Lincoln
The recent Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) greatly expanded the definition of "disability" under US law. In the wake of those statutory changes, both the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the US Department of Education issued additional implementing regulations and guidance governing disability accommodations for employees and students.
Many states also have their own applicable rules and regulations in this area. Thus, the landscape of law and regulation affecting disability accommodation in workplaces and schools has significantly changed from that of years past.
Employers and educational institutions now have a higher standard to meet in accommodating disabilities, and failure to do so can lead to litigation, expensive judgments and settlements, and harmful public relations issues. In fact, in 2011 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that disability-related employment discrimination claims reached an all-time high in 2010, resulting in EEOC collection of more than $76 million in monetary benefits for complainants.
Thus, prudent managers and leaders must ensure their organizations are properly managing their disability-related issues. Edmond Murray can help you do so by providing training to your managers, supervisors, HR professionals, faculty, and administrators on their obligations with respect to disability accommodation, and help you focus on your central operational mission.
We can also provide recommendations or second opinions on specific issues that arise in your routine operations.