EEOC Issues New Guidelines on Veteran Employment
- Published on Thursday, 08 March 2012 08:16
Three million veterans have returned from military service over the past ten years. Another one million are expected to return to civilian life over the course of the next five years with service men leaving the operations in the Middle East. The goal of most of these veterans is to work and settle back in to a normal way of life. This is often difficult for those who come back with injuries suffered in the war.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) seeks to assist them with this by making the requirement that employers provide reasonable accomodations to those who seek employment. Unfortunately, the definition of "disability" in the ADA has often been construed narrowly, which limits the law's ability to protect. Changes have been made in the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, which make it easier for veterans with various impairments, such as post-traumatic stress disorder or brain injuries , to get needed reasonable accommodations that will enable them to work successfully.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued two revised publications addressing issues regarding veterans with disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA. The Guide for Employers and The Guide for Wounded Veterans was developed to assist both ends of the spectrum in understanding the law. The Guide for Employers help employers avoid disability-based discrimination. The Guide for Wounded Veterans halps veterans understand the protections they enjoy when they seek to return to their former jobs or look for civilian jobs and the kinds of accommodations that may be necessary.