The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that it will publish its Final Rule implementing the ADA Amendments Act in the Federal Register tomorrow (March 25, 2011).
The regulations recently cleared review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and have been praised by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as reflecting "a carefully crafted compromise between the business community and the disability community that was passed by the House and the Senate without dissent."
The ADAAA became law on Jan. 1, 2009, and on Sept. 23 of that year the EEOC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which became the basis for public discussion on the final regulations. The commission then finalized the regulations this year and submitted them, as required, to the OMB for a cost analysis and approval.
The Final Rule reaffirms and clarifies the broadened and strengthened definitions of "disability" and "major life activity" contained in the Amendments Act. It will become effective 60 days after publication.
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