The Americans With Disabilities Act Turns 22 This Month!

Did you know that 22 years ago the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law? Compliance Poster Company can’t wait to tell you about some of the progress we’ve made since then.

The landmark civil rights legislation has created a more inclusive America aimed at providing equal opportunity for people with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, State and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. The Act also applies to the United States Congress.

The big concern is how these laws affect your business – well look no further Compliance Poster Company has outlined some of the top one’s for you below.

ADA Title I: Employment

Employers with 15 or more employees are required to provide qualified individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from the full range of employment-related opportunities available to others. In addition to prohibiting discrimination in areas like hiring and recruitment it restricts questions that can be asked about an applicant’s disability before a job offer is made. Religious entities with 15 or more employees are covered under title I.

ADA Title II: State and Local Government Activities and Public Transportation

State and Local Government Activities

Title II requires that State and local governments give people with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from all of their programs, services, and activities. This includes requiring specific architectural standards in new construction and alteration of their buildings as well as making reasonable modification to policies, practices and procedures to avoid discrimination.

Public Transportation

The transportation provisions of Title II cover services like city buses and public rail transit. Discrimination against people with disabilities is prohibited. They must comply with requirements for accessibility in newly purchased vehicles and alteration of used or re-manufactured ones.

ADA Title III: Public Accommodations

Title III covers businesses and nonprofit service providers that are public accommodations, privately operated entities that offer certain types of courses and examinations, privately operated transportation, and commercial facilities. So you ask…what are public accommodations? Public accommodations are private entities who own, lease, lease to, or operate facilities, such as restaurants, retail stores, hotels, movie theaters, private schools, convention centers, doctor’s offices, homeless shelters, transportation depots, zoos, funeral homes, day care centers, and recreation facilities including sports stadiums and fitness clubs. The public accommodation entities must comply with basic nondiscrimination requirements that exclude, segregate or deny equal treatment to people with disabilities.

This is a robust law, but if you are interested in finding out more about the ADA visit http://www.ada.gov/. For more information about ADA regulations and technical assistance materials visit http://www.ada.gov/publicat.htm.

For specific information and technical assistance about the ADA you can call 800.514.0301 or TTY 800.514.0383. ADA specialists are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or on Thursday from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

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Compliance Poster Company’s domestic All-On-One posters include the federal Equal Employment Opportunity “EEO is the Law” posting. This posting was revised not long ago and reflects current federal employment discrimination laws (including the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008 and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. Check to make sure you businesses “EEO is the Law” posting notice is dated November 2009 to be in compliance. To purchase a state and federal All-On-One poster visit Compliance Poster Company at http://www.complianceposter.com/.

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