More on the ADA

November 5th, 2004 by Julie Ferguson

Michael Fox from Jottings by an Employer’s Lawyer points us to a useful resource from the EEOC: How to Comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act: A Guide for Restaurants and Other Food Service Employers. And if ADA compliance has slipped off your radar screen lately, you may want to read Michael’s report about a recent $1.3 million jury judgment in a Louisiana disability case which involved the ADA.
And speaking of the ADA, Rafael Gely at LaborProf Blog pointed us to the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Digest. The current issue of the Digest features an article entitled Did the ADA Reduce Employment of the Disabled? This study refutes the notion that declines in employment of the disabled in the 1990s is related to the ADA as has been suggested:
“Jolls and Prescott infer that, apart from a short-term effect of the ADA’s requirement of special accommodations, the ADA was not causally linked to declining disabled employment over much of the 1990s. This conclusion, based on the relative effects of the ADA across states with different pre-ADA state-level regimes, stands in contrast to recent empirical work using national-level data. In light of their findings, Jolls and Prescott conclude that that the apparent negative employment effect of the ADA through much of the 1990s plausibly reflects not the impact of the ADA itself, but rather other contemporaneous changes disproportionately affecting individuals with disabilities.”

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