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In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month,  the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) published a special edition of its News Brief.  It talks about the many resources the U.S. Department of Labor has to help employers, workers, service providers, and policymakers learn about and take action on workforce mental health and well-being. To learn...

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is looking for comments on the service animal forms airlines may require passengers to complete before traveling.  It is asking for comments on renewing the Relief Attestation Form and on changes to the Air Transportation Form. Comments may also be made on ways to improve the quality and use...

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) has a new web page, Mental Health and Marginalized Communities.  It provides information about supporting the mental health of workers who are members of marginalized communities and provides action steps for employers.  These steps include: Build trust and make sure there is privacy and confidentiality...

May 23, 2024

In This Webinar: The presentation will provide an overview and resources of law enforcement, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and people with disabilities. Presenter: Jason Jones  Disability Specialist – University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) 4th Thursday ADA Talks 2024 This is the fifth of ten webinars on the fourth Thursday of each...

The National Park Service is dedicated to accessibility, offering resources for visitors and employees with disabilities. Each park's website features an accessibility section for trip planning. Plus, the Access Pass provides lifetime access to 2,000+ federal recreation sites. Learn about the Access Pass. Check out the National Park Service Accessibility Website.

July 10, 2024

Description Children with disabilities under the ADA have a right to equal opportunities in early childcare programs as children without disabilities. Early childcare can include privately run centers, home day care, government-run centers, before and after school care programs, and summer programs. Care workers and providers often play an important role in children’s lives. For...

June 6, 2024

Description The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has five “Titles”, that provide different protections for people with disabilities. Title II of the ADA specifically covers Public Services provided by any state or local government. As a tax funded entity, there are more accessibility requirements than expected of private entities or businesses. Access Board Accessibility Specialists...

June 9, 2024

The National ADA Symposium has earned the reputation as the most comprehensive conference available on the Americans with Disabilities Act and related disability laws. The National ADA Symposium-Minneapolis will offer 93 sessions on a wide range of topics presented by nationally recognized experts on the ADA and disability issues.  We're excited at the range and...

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has new guidance to help prevent harassment in the workplace, “Enforcement Guidance on Harassment in the Workplace.” It covers legal standards and employer's responsibilities concerning harassment claims under the federal employment discrimination laws that the EEOC enforces. The guidance will help people feel safer on the job and...

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has a new final rule that applies to Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act — which doesn't allow discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability. The final rule improves civil rights protections for people who use health programs and services funded...

Deciding whether to share personal information, such as disclosing a disability, is hard for many employees. The new guide “411 on Disability Disclosure: Employer Edition” from the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) helps employers better understand an employee's decision-making process, the important role employers play in creating a supportive workplace, and...

TDTG Las Vegas, LLC; Fifth Street Gaming, LLC; and DTG Las Vegas Manager, LLC, which run the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, will pay $720,000 and take other actions to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The Casino Resort did not provide reasonable accommodations...

In April, the Federal Register published the U.S. Department of Justice’s final rule updating its Americans with Disabilities Act Title II regulations. This rule provides state and local governments with new requirements to make their websites and mobile applications (apps) accessible to people with disabilities.  Many government programs, services, and activities are now provided online....

The staffing agency BaronHR, LLC will pay $2.2 million and will have to change its employment practices to prevent future discriminatory hiring nationally. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought the lawsuit on behalf of a class of Black, Asian, white, and other non-Hispanic workers, male and female workers, and workers with disabilities who were...

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has settled a class action lawsuit brought by members of the disability community. The lawsuit said that BART has continually failed to provide full and equal access to its stations and services, which is against the Americans with Disabilities Act, BART has agreed to improve its elevator and escalator services...

The Department of Justice has updated guidance on their website, The Americans with Disabilities Act and Other Federal Laws Protecting the Rights of Voters with Disabilities. It talks about the legal protections for people with disabilities that require full access to all aspects of elections, including registration and voting. For more information on this and...

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