Americans with Disabilities Act

HR Policy Association believes that the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), which was negotiated between advocates for the disability and business communities is a more balanced approach to revising the disability law than had been proposed and the process serves as a model for stakeholder involvement in employment legislation.  We strongly supported and participated in the collaborative negotiations, which was strongly encouraged by congressional leaders that led to the law's enactment.  Unfortunately, this collaborative process ended soon after the ADAAA's enactment because the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) proposed regulations implementing the ADAAA attempted to undermine the compromise.  However, the proposed regulations were in limbo for over a year and after a considerable struggle to maintain the understandings and intent of the ADAAA, new members of the Commission were able to revisit the proposed regulations and forge a bipartisan agreement that moved much closer to what Congress had intended.  We continue to monitor the implementation of the ADAAA and urge the federal courts to interpret the revisions in a manner that is consistent with the understanding of the legislative compromise.