Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (Update Available)

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This course explains the concepts, requirements, and practical application of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act. The ADA makes it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual who has a disability. The Act requires all private, state, or local government employers with 15 or more employees to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to apply for jobs and work in positions for which they are qualified, have equal access to benefits and privileges, and have an equal opportunity to be promoted once they are working. The course outlines the manager's role in ADA compliance and explores the potential consequences of failing to comply with the ADA's requirements. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the Employment Law Group of the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any federal, state, or local laws. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This information is not intended to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.

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Primarily managers and supervisors, as well as any employees whose responsibilities include employment decisions

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Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (Update Available)

  • identify the types of conditions that are defined as disabilities under the ADA
  • recognize situations where a person with a disability is being discriminated against
  • identify the types of employers and employment practices covered by the ADA
  • differentiate between reasonable accommodation and undue hardship
  • determine which accommodation requests would be considered reasonable and which might cause an undue hardship for a given situation
  • sequence the stages of the interactive process that must take place when an employee requests an accommodation
  • identify employer responsibilities under the ADA in relation to existing and potential employees
  • identify the types of interview questions an employer may not ask an applicant in relation to disabilities
  • identify the possible consequences for a company that fails to comply with the ADA in a given scenario
  • identify the courses of action available to employees or job applicants when they believe they have been discriminated against
  • choose the most suitable procedure for handling a discrimination complaint
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