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Supreme Court rules for veterans with disabilities in contract dispute

Wednesday, July 6, 2016The Department of Veterans Affairs failed to follow a federal law, aimed at boosting business prospects for veterans with disabilities, when it issued a contract back in 2012, the Supreme Court ruled June 16 [PDF]. “The court’s ruling means…

SSDI Return to Work Act introduced

Friday, June 24, 2016A new bill, introduced in the Senate on June 8, would create a new system of classifications for beneficiaries of the Social Security Disability Insurance system, similar to those in most state workers’ compensation systems. Currently, there are no separate…

Disability unemployment rate drops below 10 percent

Friday, June 10, 2016The 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 percent, a full percentage less than the previous month

ADA lawsuit challenges McDonald’s drive-thru only hours

Tuesday, June 7, 2016A 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 success has been its adaptability. In…

Caregivers given additional time to comply with new Obama overtime rules

Wednesday, June 1, 2016Certain 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 to concerns from industry representatives that the rules could…

HHS finalizes new health care disability discrimination rules

Monday, May 30, 2016The 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, the ACA bars health…

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, 2016Seventeen 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 that seeks to limit the impact of Americans…

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