EEOC Offers ADA Primer for Small Biz

August 16, 2002 ( - The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released a new handbook to help employers deal with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Called “The Americans with Disabilities Act: A Primer for Small Business,” the EEOC describes the tome as a “practical, reader-friendly handbook outlining the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) as they relate to both employees and job applicants.” 

The ADA applies to employers with as few as 15 employees.

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The handbook covers:

  • Who is protected by Title I of the ADA;
  • How to avoid mistakes when interviewing applicants with disabilities;
  • When you are allowed to ask an employee questions about a medical condition;
  • What to do if safety issues arise;

As well as information on:

  • the obligation to make reasonable accommodations to the limitations of qualified applicants and employees with disabilities; and
  • tax incentives for businesses that hire and retain people with disabilities.

The publication is available on the Commission’s web site at .  It is also available in hard copy as well as in alternate formats (braille, large print, audio tape, or computer disk file) by calling (202) 663-4900 voice or (202) 663-4494 TTY.