From HR Executive Online (May 30):
ADA Compromise on Tap
Advocates for the disabled and business communities are close to agreeing on proposed changes in the ADA Restoration Act, which would reverse the effects of two employer-friendly U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
By Bonnie Conrad, Julie Davidson, Melissa Turley, cyberFEDS®
Disability advocates and business leaders are close to reaching a proposed deal to recommend language to Congress that would resolve their conflicts over the ADA Restoration Act.
The proposed language, which could still change, would redefine "disability" to be any actual, past or perceived physical or mental impairment that "substantially limits a major life activity" and then defines this phrase to mean "materially restricts a major life activity," according to details released by the American Association of People with Disabilities.
The proposal also includes a non-exhaustive list of covered major life activities, and defines the operation of major bodily functions as a covered major life activity.
According to the language released, the proposed compromise:...