HR Management & Compliance

Train Your People on the ABCs of the ADA

The material in this issue comes from BLR®’s popular 10-Minute HR Trainer session, “The ADA—What Supervisors Need to Know.” Train your supervisors and managers on these basic facts, definitions, and requirements regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act.

What Does “Reasonable Accommodation” Mean?
The ADA requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation, if necessary, to enable an employee with a disability to perform essential job functions, and to participate in the privileges and benefits of employment. Reasonable accommodation may include:

  • Restructuring a job,
  • Modifying work schedules,
  • Acquiring or modifying equipment,
  • Making existing employee facilities more usable by workers with disabilities, or
  • Providing qualified readers or interpreters.

Employers don’t have to provide reasonable accommodation if the accommodation would:

  • Impose an undue hardship on the organization (for example, significant difficulty or cost).
  • Create a “direct threat” to the individual or coworkers (for example, a situation where the disability, even with accommodation, would create a safety or health hazard).

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Which Conditions Qualify as Disabilities Under the ADA?
Among the conditions that qualify as disabilities under the ADA are:

  • Substantial visual or hearing impairment
  • Paralysis and other mobility impairments
  • Diabetes
  • Mental illness
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Learning disability
  • HIV infection
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Respiratory disorder
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy

Instruct your people to consult HR about other conditions that may or may not qualify as disabilities under the ADA.

Training Tips:

  • Review your organization’s equal employment opportunity policy and procedures.
  • Discuss subconscious attitudes toward people with disabilities. Ask participants to identify assumptions people often make about workers with disabilities. Then ask them to talk about employees with disabilities they’ve supervised and what they have learned from those experiences.
  • Give examples of reasonable accommodations your organization has made in the past. Ask participants to talk about accommodations they’ve made and how this has worked out.

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Trains in 50 key HR topics under all major employment laws, including manager and supervisor responsibilities, and how to legally carry out managerial actions from hiring to termination. (See a complete list of topics below.)

Uses the same teaching sequence master teachers use. Every training unit includes an overview, bullet points on key lessons, a quiz, and a handout to reinforce the lesson later.

Completely prewritten and self-contained. Each unit comes as a set of reproducible documents. Just make copies or turn them into overheads, and you’re done. (Take a look at a sample lesson below.)

Updated continually. As laws change, your training needs to do so as well. 10-Minute HR Trainer provides new lessons and updated information every 90 days, along with a monthly Training Forum newsletter, for as long as you are in the program.

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