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Complying with the ADA : a small business guide to hiring and employing the disabled
Allen, Jeffrey G., 1943-
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New York : J. Wiley, [1993]

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xiii, 210 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
The new Americans with Disabilities Act now protects the rights of 43 million disabled Americans. The law requires every business with 25 or more employees to comply or risk massive penalties. By 1994, businesses with only 15 or more workers will have to meet the rigorous guidelines of the ADA. How can a small business owner or manager who can't afford specialized attorneys to clarify the provisions of this detailed law receive sound, comprehensive assistance? How can you avoid the costly penalties and adverse publicity that might arise if you fail to comply with the ADA? How can you ensure that the cost of compliance won't cause you to lose your business? Complying with the ADA can solve these problems and more. It is geared to meet the specific needs of today's small business owners and managers concerning this sweeping new law. This vital handbook simply explains the major provisions of the ADA and shows how you can comply easily and economically. Complying with the ADA clarifies the ADA - from the job application process, through job assignments and compensation, to employer-sponsored activities, including social and recreational programs. The book discusses precisely what acts are prohibited. It then shows when you are legally protected against charges of discrimination, providing specific examples. The book also outlines 15 key steps your company can take to create the foundation for full compliance - a model company policy. Complying with the ADA then takes you systematically through the legal minefield of the employment process - recruitment, interviewing, testing, hiring, compensation, training, and other major issues - and provides effective strategies on how to proceed, including checklists of tips and techniques to help you avoid liability. Sample job applications, model job descriptions, resource lists, and dozens of other practical ideas are included. Complying with the ADA offers cost-effective guidelines for access by the disabled under the ADA concept of "reasonable accommodation"--The basis for every provision in the ADA. Complying with the ADA explodes a number of myths about the disabled - misconceptions that not only prevent many of the disabled from being hired in the past but prevent employers from taking advantage of their unique abilities. Reading this handbook, you'll see that special training is not usually needed for the disabled ... your insurance rates will not skyrocket if you hire the disabled ... and that the disabled are not just suited for particular jobs but can excel at almost any activity imaginable.
The scope of title I -- Areas of regulation in the ADA -- Interviewing strategies -- Indentifying essential job functions -- Enforcement of ADA employment regulations -- Reasonable accommodations under title I -- Title III and the small business owner -- ADA accessibility guidelines -- Accommodating specific disabilities -- Some common questions and answers about the ADA -- Appendices: Situation analyses. Resources. Titles I and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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It just got easier to comply with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Specially designed to serve the practical needs of small business owners and managers who can't afford high-powered lawyers to interpret the ADA's provisions, this penetrating new handbook shows exactly how to meet the ADA's guidelines on hiring and employing--easily and economically. Complying with the ADA begins by discussing key provisions, focusing on who is protected, and specifying the many employment areas where discrimination is prohibited. This includes: job application procedures, compensation, and sick leave. The book provides real-world examples of actions by owners and managers that illustrate precisely what acts are prohibited, then it shows, step-by-step, how to comply with the law while meeting bottom-line objectives. Using this book, you'll learn the way to satisfy the ADA's provisions and your objectives, including:
* 15 steps that ensure full compliance and enable you to develop a model company policy
* Proven strategies that help you meet the ADA's guidelines in every major area--from interviewing and testing, to routine management
* Advice on economically making the workplace accessible under the ADA's sweeping concept of "reasonable accommodation"
Along the way, Complying with the ADA provides you with thorough checklists of do's and don'ts, sample job applications, model job descriptions, resource lists, and dozens of other practical ideas. Complying with the ADA will do more than just alert you to your liability. It will assist you in capitalizing on the potential of the qualified group of "disabled" Americans. With this book as your guide, you'll see that complying with the ADA is more than obeying the law--it's good business.

Author Notes

About the author JEFFREY G. ALLEN, J.D., C.P.C., is America's leading employment attorney. For almost a decade, Mr. Allen was a human resources manager with small employers or small divisions of major ones. As a certified placement counselor, certified employment specialist and professional negotiator, he is highly qualified to write the first book for entrepreneurs on hiring and employing the disabled. Mr. Allen is the author of more bestselling books in the employment field than anyone else. Among them are How to Turn an Interview into a Job, Finding the Right Job at Midlife, The Employee Termination Handbook, The Placement Strategy Handbook, The Complete Q&A Job Interview Book, and the popular three-book series Jeff Allen's Best. He writes a nationally syndicated column entitled "Placements and the Law," conducts seminars, and is regularly featured in television, radio, and newspaper interviews. Mr. Allen has served as Director of the National Placement Law Center, Special Advisor to the American Employment Association, General Counsel to the California Association of Personnel Consultants, and judge pro tem.

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Library Journal Review

In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a federal mandate that imposes penalties for discriminating against the disabled, was signed into law. This book will guide businesses with 15 or more employees by 1994 through the legal and economic implications of ADA. The guide covers the necessary legal information on hiring and employing the disabled as well as construction requirements. Helpful appendixes include lists of organizations and publications, as well as reprints of Title I and III of the ADA. Allen, a top employment lawyer, author, and professional negotiator, also writes a nationally syndicated column, ``Placements and the Law.'' This invaluable reference provides down-to-earth advice on the easiest, most economical way to comply with ADA. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries. See also the review of The Americans with Disabilities Act Handbook , LJ 1/93.--Ed.-- Susan Awe, Jefferson Cty. P.L. System, Arvada, Col. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Hiring The Disabled
The Scope of Title I. Areas of Regulation in the ADA
Interviewing Strategies
Identifying Essential Job Functions
Enforcement of ADA Employment Regulations
Employing the Disabled
Reasonable Accommodations Under Title I. Title III and the Small Business Owner
ADA Accessibility Guidelines
Accommodating Specific Disabilities
Some Common Questions and Answers About the ADA