The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) privately approved its draft final regulations under the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA). The regulations are being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other federal agencies.
The ADAAA took effect January 1, 2009. The law was intended to restore the ADA’s definition of disability, which had been narrowed through a series of U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
The ADAAA required the EEOC to develop and issue regulations within one year of enactment. The agency published their proposed rules September 23, 2009 in the Federal Register and was followed by a 60 day comment period.
The proposed regulations included several significant changes to the definition of the term “disability” under the ADAAA.
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