Monday, October 19, 2009

EEOC Issues Two ADA Notices

In the last ten days, the EEOC has issued two important notices relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA").

1. ADA and H1N1
First, the EEOC issued Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act. This document includes specific guidance on preparedness and even provides a sample "ADA-Compliant Pre-Pandemic Employee Survey." Additionally, the EEOC provides guidance for during an influenza pandemic and following a pandemic.

2. ADA Amendments Act of 2008 ("ADAAA") Town Halls
Second, the EEOC issued a schedule for its ADAAA Town Hall Meetings. The EEOC is seeking "direct input from the business/employer community" on its proposed new ADAAA regs. The EEOC even provided a nice little Summary of Key Provisions. The actual Notice of Proposed Rulemaking can be a dry read (OK, that's an understatement) so the summary is a welcome addition. The Town Halls, or "Listening Seesions," will be held on October 26th in Oakland, October 30th in Philadelphia, November 17th in Chicago and November 20th in New Orleans.