ADA in the Workplace

ADA Amendments Act

President George W. Bush signing the ADAAA into law.

ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA)

The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) was signed into law on September 25, 2008, and became effective on January 1, 2009. The law made a number of significant changes to the definition of “disability” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) making it easier for an individual seeking protection under the ADA to establish that he or she has a disability that is protected from discrimination by the law. The ADAAA overturned several Supreme Court decisions that Congress believed had interpreted the definition of “disability” too narrowly, resulting in a denial of protection for many individuals with impairments such as cancer, diabetes, and epilepsy. The ADAAA states that the definition of disability should be interpreted in favor of broad coverage of individuals.


It is critical that employers use the expanded "definition of a disability" in the ADAAA when determining if an employee or job applicant is covered as an individual with a disability as the ADAAA went into effect on January 1, 2009.


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