ADA/ADAAA Americans With Disability Act: Navigating Your Way Through the Complexities to Compliance

Michael D Haberman

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The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law in July of 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. This law, made it illegal for employers to discriminate against qualified job applicants and employees based on their physical or mental disabilities. The law also required employers to provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees who need them because of their disabilities, unless doing so would cause undue hardship. In the 25 years it has been revised once in 2008 by The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). This amendment significantly changed some of the definitions in the original ADA and expanded many of the working parameters employers must deal with in the course of employment. The amendment and changing definitions made it a more difficult law with which to comply. It requires a much more concerted and proactive effort on the part of employers that can be confusing. We will explore the ADA/ADAAA and how employers must deal with the law today.

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to help the student understand the definitions under the ADA/ADAAA and how they impact the interactions they have with employees. We will explain how the new definitions expand the scope of what a disability is and how employers can manage this process.

Course Outline

  • The scope of the law
  • Definition of a disability
  • Definition of a "major life activity"
  • What "substantially limits" means
  • Levels of disability
  • Accommodation requirements
  • Disability accommodation process
  • Conducting an interactive discussion
  • The importance of documentation

Target Audience

  • HR Managers/Professionals 
  • Office managers
  • Business owners
  • Executives with hiring responsibility
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Speaker: Michael D Haberman,

Michael D. Haberman is Vice-President and co-founder of Omega HR Solutions, Inc., a consulting and services company offering complete human resources solutions. Mike brings over 30 years of experience in dealing with the challenges of Human Resources in the 21st century. He has a BA in Psychology; a Master's in HR and is certified as an SPHR and SHRM-SCP. He has over 17 years’ experience in the class room teaching human resources fundamentals and certification preparation for multiple universities and organizations. Recently Mike was named as an “Influencer” for IBM’s New Way to Work Initiative, where he serves the role of HR futurist. Mike is the author of the Human Resources blog found at OmegaHRsolutions.com , which has been recognized several times as a Top 25 in human resources related blogs. It has consistently been named as a top HR blog to read. He has been selected as one of six HR bloggers to be featured on the online version of Human Resources Executive Magazine. He has also been named in the Top 10 Digital Influencers in Human Resources and most recently has been named to the top 60 most influential HR pros on Twitter. Mike has gained a reputation as a compliance expert. He speaks on a variety of subjects to business associations, human resource associations and business based civic clubs. He has co-presented webinars on various HR related issues.