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New Tool Helps Small Businesses Understand Disability Laws Back to news
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

From Disability.gov's Disability Blog: On May 4, the U.S. Department of Labor unveiled its newest online tool to help America’s employers ensure that their employment policies and practices do not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities. The Disability Nondiscrimination Law Advisor is one of a series of elaws (Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses) Advisors developed by the Department’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy (in cooperation with other DOL agencies) to help employers and employees understand federal employment laws.  To access it and other Advisors, visit the elaws Web site at www.dol.gov/elaws.

The laws addressed by the Disability Nondiscrimination Law Advisor include:
 
  • Title I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
  • Section 188 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA)
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (as it pertain to federal financial assistance)
  • Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended
  • The Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended (VEVRAA)

The Advisor can also help people who are applying for or participating in federally-funded programs to learn about their rights under these laws.  It includes a “Guide on Employing People with Disabilities,” which highlights the resources that are available to help employers comply with disability nondiscrimination laws.

A press release about the new elaws Advisor can be found at http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/asp/oasp20100562.htm.