On July 26, 1990, the President of the United States signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Known as the ADA, this broad federal statute seeks to end discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Title I of the ADA prohibits employers from discriminating in all aspects of the employment relationship, including application, testing, medical examinations, hiring, training, assignments, evaluations, disciplinary actions, promotions, layoffs and terminations, as well as compensation, leave and other benefits. Since the law went into effect, its enforcement by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has resulted in payments of over $300 million by businesses to more than 20,000 individuals. Recent cases resulting in jury awards of up to $13 million in punitive damages make the importance of understanding and complying the ADA clear.
This Course explains the ADA in simple, understandable terms. It uses examples from news headlines to emphasize the importance of ADA compliance, and it reinforces these messages with realistic quiz scenarios presented at the end of the Course. A company that already has a policy in place can use this Course to communicate that policy to its employees online — an efficient and timely form of communication for this important message — and ensure the employees' comprehension quickly and cost-effectively. Likewise, for a company that has not yet assembled or implemented an ADA compliance policy, the Course provides a turn-key solution that can be put in place almost instantly.
The topics covered in the Course include:
• Understanding who is protected by the statute • The meaning of a reasonable accommodation • Use of qualification standards and selection criteria • Application of the ADA to the hiring process • Considerations in dealing with current employees