Vedder Thinking | News Thomas M. Wilde Quoted in Inside Counsel on the EEOC’s New Regulations Interpreting the ADAAA
Thomas M. Wilde, Shareholder and Chair of Vedder Price’s Labor and Employment practice area, was quoted in the June issue of Inside Counsel in the article “Disability Redefined: Employers Are at Risk for Suits as EEOC Implements ADA Amendments Act.”
The article describes the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) final regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA). Congress passed the ADAAA in 2008, expanding the definition of “disabled” under the law. The final regulations went into effect May 24, 2011.
In the article, Wilde notes that the ADAAA “gives an extremely expansive definition of ‘disability.’” He also states that “Conditions that everyone was accustomed to thinking were not disabilities now are. If the people on the front lines don’t know that you have to engage with those people, you may blow your obligation to engage in the interactive process."
Source: Inside Counsel, June 2011