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Employer groups are expressing concern about new federal regulations under the Americans With Disabilities Act proposed last month by the Department of Justice.
The rules implement guidelines enacted three years ago to update the disabilities act, which passed in 1990. They are meant to address ambiguities in the original law and complaints from disabled worker advocates about compliance by employers and operators of public facilities.
The proposed rules, which take up 215,000 words in the Federal Register, are open for comment through mid-August. They range from the general (most work areas must have “circulation paths” wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs) to the specific (light switches in new hotel rooms must be no more than 48 inches above the floor).
The complexity of the rules likely will cause trouble for employers, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
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