Monday, November 10, 2008

Among Legal Reforms, More Support for ADA Enforcement Possible

According to the National Law Journal, the new Democratic leadership in the White House and Congress could mean some important changes in workplace law. One position that President-elect Obama has supported is removing a $300,000 cap on compensatory damages and punitive damages for violations of Title VII and the Americans With Disabilities Act. Another is requiring public and private employers with more than 15 employees to provide paid sick leave to full- and part-time employees.

The article points out that these are not necessarily the most pressing national issues, but without the threat of a veto by a Republican president, the Democratic Congress will be empowered to gain some quick victories on these and other issues.

The Federal Times forecasts other possible changes in the federal government, including hiring more staff at the Social Security Administration to tackle a large backlog of disability claims.
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