Domino’s Ruling Could Make Websites Susceptible to ADA Lawsuits

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that, since it is a place of public accommodations, Domino’s Pizza and its website are required under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide “auxiliary aids and services,” meaning its visual materials must be accessible to visually impaired customers through screen-reading software. This week the […]

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EEOC Wellness Rule Rewrite Pushed Back to December

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been under court order since 2017 to better explain the rationale behind the incentive portion of the wellness rule it promulgated in 2016. The rule governs employer-sponsored wellness programs and allows employers to offer an incentive equal to 30 percent of the cost of self-only health coverage to […]

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ADA Lawsuits Soar, Especially for Website Accessibility Issues

Driven in large part by an exponential increase in legal actions over website accessibility, federal courts in 2018 entertained more than 10,000 lawsuits based on alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). According to tabulations by the law firm Seyfarth Shaw, 2018 saw a record high of 10,163 federal ADA lawsuits, up 34 […]

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EEOC Rescinds Its Wellness Regulation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has rescinded its workplace wellness regulation following a judge’s order to revise and rewrite the rule. The effective end date is Jan. 1, 2019, when it would have expired anyway under court order. The regulation over employer-sponsored wellness programs was tossed by a judge in 2017, who gave the […]

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DOJ Says Web Accessibility Under the ADA Open to Interpretation

After 103 House members of both parties beseeched the Department of Justice (DOJ) to clarify website accessibility rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the nation’s top law enforcement agency essentially took a pass. The letter from House members urged the department to “provide guidance and clarity with regard to website accessibility under the … […]

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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Marks 28th Anniversay

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. Thus today marks its 28th anniversary. The ADA is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to […]

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Is Extended Leave a Reasonable Accommodation under the ADA?

This week, the Supreme Court turned down a review of a ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that extended leave under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is not a “reasonable accommodation” under the letter of the law. Two other circuit courts — the 10th and 11th — have issued similar rulings. […]

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HHS Chief Says He Will Uphold the ACA

Health and Human Services (HHS) head Alex Azar, when pressed about the legality of Idaho’s plan to market non-Affordable Care Act (ACA) health policies, affirmed his support for the 2010 legislation that in essence federalizes standards for health insurance. “I’m not aware that our opinions or views have been solicited,” Azar said. “There are rules, […]

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DOJ Withdraws 25 Guidance Documents for 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that, pursuant to Executive Order 13777 and his November memorandum prohibiting certain guidance documents, he is rescinding 25 such Department of Justice (DOJ) documents that were deemed unnecessary, inconsistent with existing law, or otherwise improper. In making the announcement, the Attorney General said: Last month, I ended the longstanding abuse of […]

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Appeals Court Rules the ADA Is Not a Leave Entitlement

In a case involving a worker who exhausted his Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) 12 weeks of leave and then requested more time off under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the “ADA is an antidiscrimination statute, not a medical-leave entitlement.” In Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc., the […]

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