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4 Resources for Making Your Workplace Disability-Compliant

March 06, 2017

Understanding legal requirements and what they mean for your business may sound like a daunting task at first. However, when it comes to complying with equal opportunity employment and rights for people with disabilities, the first step is to establish a firm understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its 2008 amendments.

Here are four reliable resources to help you better understand disability compliance.

The Americans with Disabilities Act

Reading the statutes of the ADA is a great starting point. This document covers Titles I (prohibition of discrimination in employment practices) and V (miscellaneous provisions), which include vital points, such as, how “disability” is defined and what conditions specifically qualify as a disability. It’s perhaps a dry read, but it contains a plethora of relevant technical information.

ADA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you’re after more insight on the ADA, check out the FAQs. If you have questions about the ADA, chances are you may find the answers in this FAQ booklet provided by the ADA National Network. The booklet also provides details the ADA Amendments Act that was signed into law in 2008 and which titles were affected.

Employer/Business Responsibilities

Another great resource on the ADA and business responsibilities comes from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This document begins with a few short sections explaining whom the ADA covers and what your obligations are as an employer. It also includes FAQs at the end and contact information if you feel the need to reach out to the EEOC.

Disability Discrimination Compliance

Lastly, you can take a look at this quick checklist for an overview on how to make reasonable accommodations in your workplace, along with some disability-related statistics in the United States.

The Next Step

One other way to cut right to the chase and receive direct assistance in making your business disability-compliant is to contact Kimberly Hoberg at 605-626-2398 or Kimberly.hoberg@state.sd.us.

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