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EEOC Issues Revised Guidance on the Application of the ADAAA to Veterans' Employment

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued revised guidance documents for employers and disabled veterans that address how various employment laws govern veterans' employment in accordance with changes made by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAAA).

According to a press release from the EEOC, the new guidelines address changes from the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 that "make it easier for veterans with a wide range of impairments — including those that are often not well understood — such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), to get needed reasonable accommodations that will enable them to work successfully."

The guidance document for employers differentiates between the protections afforded to veterans with service-connected disabilities under the ADA and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). The document further explains how the ADA applies to recruiting, hiring, and accommodating veterans with disabilities and provides employers with information on the applicable laws and regulations governing this topic.

The second guidance document aims to educate veterans on their employment rights under the ADA and USERRA, including the steps they can take if they believe employers have unlawfully denied them employment or failed to provide them with a reasonable accommodation.

Want to know more? Read the full article by Ilyse Schuman at Littler Mendelson

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