NAM Lauds Congress for Passing ADA Amendments Act

Responding to yesterday's passage in the House of the ADA Amendments Act that last week also sailed through the Senate by unanimous consent, Jay Timmons, executive vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers, on Wednesday said Congress's handling of the bill was "a meaningful achievement for all stakeholders and an encouraging sign that good legislation can triumph over 'politics as usual' in Washington." Now, he added, NAM is urging President Bush to sign the act into law, which he is expected to do.

The bill expands the definition of disability to what supporters say was originally intended by the law and makes it easier for workers to prove discrimination. It explicitly rejects the strict standards used by the Supreme Court to determine who is disabled since ADA was first enacted.

"This bill represents a truly remarkable collaboration of disability, civil rights, and employer groups that generated strong bicameral and bipartisan support in Congress. The NAM is proud to have helped shape this landmark legislation and urges the President to sign this bill without delay," Timmons said. "The bill strikes the right balance between protections for individuals with disabilities and the obligations and requirements of employers. It corrects narrow court interpretations that have restricted ADA protections in the workplace and stripped coverage for individuals with conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, and even cancer."

Timmons added that the bill will help avoid worker shortages in industries that will soon be facing them, if they're not already. "Restoring the original intent of the ADA is a practical issue for manufacturers who urgently need qualified workers to fill vacancies--and it's also the right thing to do," he said. "As the Baby Boom generation begins to retire and technology continues to rapidly advance, manufacturers face growing shortages of skilled workers and are actively seeking all qualified individuals who want to work."

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Analyze Incident Data

    Collect relevant incident data, analyze trends, and generate accurate regulatory reports, including OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 logs, through IndustrySafe’s extensive incident reporting and investigation module.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common training questions.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - April 2019

    April 2019


      Taking the Guesswork Out of De-Energizing Industrial Equipment 
      Four Simple and Effective Ways to Avoid Digital Eye Strain
      PPE the Automotive Industry Needs to Invest In
      Eliminate 10 Fire Hazards That May Be in Plain Sight
    View This Issue