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Disability unemployment rate drops below 10 percent

Friday, June 10, 2016
DOL statistics unclear on unemployment rate for people with disabilities
The Department of Labor’s disappointing May jobs report is sending mixed signals for the employment prospects for people with disabilities. The unemployment rate for people with disabilities dropped to 9.7

ADA lawsuit challenges McDonald’s drive-thru only hours

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
McDonald’s sued for accessibility of drive-thrus
A Louisiana man with visual disabilities sued the world’s largest fast-food chain May 26, arguing that its drive-thru services violate his rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. “One of the hallmarks of McDonald’s…

Caregivers given additional time to comply with new Obama overtime rules

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Caregivers get more time to comply with overtime rules
Certain employers of caregivers for people with disabilities will be given an extra 34 months to comply with the Obama Administration’s new overtime regulations, a move that comes in response

HHS finalizes new health care disability discrimination rules

Monday, May 30, 2016
DHHS issues anti-discrimination rules
The Department of Health and Human Services has released final rules implementing the Affordable Care Act’s anti-discrimination protections, clarifying and expanding on the obligations of health care providers to accommodate patients with disabilities. Passed in 2010,…

Lawsuit: ADA’s “gender dysphoria” exclusion is discriminatory

Friday, May 27, 2016Two transgender individuals sued the Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records on May 13, contending that its refusal to provide them birth certificates without undergoing sex reassignment surgery (SRS) infringes upon their rights under federal equal protection and disability discrimination laws.…

Disability advocates push back against ADA notification bills

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Advocates oppose bills designed to weaken ADA compliance
Seventeen major disability rights groups, led by the National Disability Rights Network, issued a series of letters to Congress on May 17, calling on Congress to oppose a trio of bills

Bill seeks to end SSDI waiting period for people with ALS

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
United States Congress considers expediting SSDI for people with ALS
A new bill seeks to expedite Social Security Disability Insurance payments for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Currently, people deemed eligible for SSDI…

Lowe’s to pay $8.6 million to settle “maximum leave” policy lawsuit

Monday, May 23, 2016A federal court signed off on a comprehensive settlement May 13, requiring the nation’s second-largest home appliance store to pay $8.6 million and eliminate its strict policy limiting how long employees can take off for medical purposes. “This settlement sends…

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