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EEOC releases regulations on what qualifies as a disability

On March 24, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released regulations on what qualifies as a "disability" and what constitutes adequate protection of individuals under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADA) of 2008.

On March 24, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released regulations on what qualifies as a "disability" and what constitutes adequate protection of individuals under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADA) of 2008.

The regulations are designed to better outline what constitutes a "disability" and how those are protected under the 2008 law that modified the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.

The EEOC released a statement saying that, like the original disability law, regulations for the ADA Amendments Act make it clear that not every impairment constitutes a disability. The regulations include examples of impairments that should easily be concluded to be disabilities, however, such as HIV infection, diabetes, epilepsy and bipolar disorder, according to the commission.

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