Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Ascent.jpgOn May 24, 2011, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments went into effect, which were the result of the 2008 ADA Amendments Act signed into law by President Bush. 

Without question, the ADA Amendments make it easier for individuals to establish coverage. In fact, Congress overturned several U.S. Supreme Court decisions that had narrowly interpreted the

Road Map.jpgA common issue under the Americans with Disabilities Act concerns asking for and responding to a request for a reasonable accommodation.

It is important for employers to understand their obligations in responding to such a request because under the ADA unlawful discrimination specifically includes “not making reasonable accommodations [for a] qualified individual with a disability…”

Marijuana Leaf.jpgRecently a Michigan federal court judge dismissed a case brought by a former Wal-Mart employee of five years and associate of the year in 2008, after he was terminated when a drug test was positive for marihuana. (Reported by Larry Gabriel of the Metrotimes). Mr. Casias had previously registered under Michigan’s statute to

Questions.jpgThis past week at Michigan’s 36th Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium, I attended a break-out session where Peggy Mastroianni, Associate Legal Counsel for the the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) answered questions and discussed the final regulations to implement the ADA Amendments Act. The ADA Amendments go into effect on May 24, 2011.