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The Americans with Disabilities Act: A Primer for Small Business


This handbook from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provides information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for small businesses. The entire handbook is presented in HTML format, and all information is presented in bullets.

From the introduction of the handbook:

"Small businesses are an ever-increasing source of jobs, many of which can be filled by individuals with disabilities who are able and want to work. The approximately 25 million small businesses in the nation represent 99.7 percent of all employers, employ more than 50 percent of the private work force, and generate more than half of the nation's gross domestic product.(1) Small businesses also provide 67 percent of all first jobs. Unfortunately, the unemployment rate of individuals with disabilities remains high. By some estimates, more than 70% of individuals with severe disabilities are not working, even though many of them are willing and able to do so. President Bush's New Freedom Initiative seeks to partner with small businesses to increase the percentage of individuals with disabilities in the workplace.

While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to all businesses with 15 or more employees, this handbook is intended primarily for businesses with 15 to 100 employees and smaller businesses expecting to expand to have at least 15 employees in the near future. It will provide you with an easy-to-read, overview of the basic employment provisions of the ADA as they relate to employees and job applicants."

-Description taken from the introduction of the The Americans with Disabilities Act: A Primer for Small Business handbook viewed online on 9/20/13 (www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/adahandbook.cfm)

Contact Info:
Organization:U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Phone:1-800-669-4000; (TTY) 1-800-669-6820
Cost:No cost

Web Links

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