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Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act
HRCI: 2.5 Credits
SHRM: 2.5 PDCs

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Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 to ensure that individuals with recognized physical or mental disabilities would receive fair and equal treatment in the workplace. The law seeks to remove the barriers that had denied them the same opportunities, benefits, and privileges enjoyed by other Americans in the workforce. By prohibiting discrimination against disabled applicants or employees who are otherwise qualified to perform their jobs, the ADA has allowed individuals with disabilities to become fully functioning members of American society who make valuable contributions in a number of fields. In 2008, in response to narrow interpretations of the ADA by U.S. courts, Congress passed the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) to ensure that individuals in the workplace with recognized disabilities receive the broad scope of protection intended by the original law.

This course explains the main provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the ADA Amendments Act. Written in straightforward language and using realistic scenarios, the course instructs professionals how to apply the regulations of the ADA and the ADAAA in the workplace.

Managers, Supervisors & HR Professionals

150 minutes

To help managers and supervisors comply with the legal duties on employers to protect the rights of the disabled in the application and employment process by explaining the regulations and hiring requirements mandated by Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the ADA Amendments Act.

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  • identify and apply the definitions, regulations, and requirements of the ADA to ensure employer compliance;
  • identify and apply the requirements of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008;
  • recognize the characteristics that qualify individuals for protection under the ADA;
  • characterize reasonable accommodation and identify an employer's responsibilities to accommodate disabled employees;
  • outline ways in which employers can avoid claims stemming from violations of the ADA; and
  • distinguish between the regulations of the ADA and the rules regarding workers' compensation, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and company leave policies.

1. An Overview of the ADA

  • When and to Whom the ADA Applies
  • How to Determine if an Employee Has a Disability
  • The Employer’s Responsibility to Provide Reasonable Accommodations
  • How the ADAAA Broadens the Protections of the ADA

2. How to Avoid ADA Violations
3. Applying the ADA with Other Employment Laws

HRCI logoThis Activity has been approved for 2.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute's® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

SHRM logoThis Activity has been approved for 2.5 PDCs toward SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification. The Human Equation is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities.