S. 3406 (110th): ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Jul 31, 2008 (110th Congress, 2007–2009)
Signed by the President
Slip Law:
This bill became Pub.L. 110-325.
Thomas “Tom” Harkin
Senator from Iowa
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Last Updated
Sep 19, 2008
7 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 3195 (Related)
ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Passed House
Last Action: Jun 25, 2008


This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on September 25, 2008.

Introduced Jul 31, 2008
Reported by Committee Aug 01, 2008
Passed Senate Sep 11, 2008
Passed House Sep 17, 2008
Signed by the President Sep 25, 2008
Full Title

A bill to restore the intent and protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


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77 cosponsors (43D, 32R, 2I) (show)
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9/25/2008--Public Law.
ADA Amendments Act of 2008 -
Section 4 -
Amends the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) to redefine the term "disability," including by defining "major life activities" and "being regarded as having such an impairment."
Sets forth rules of construction regarding the definition of "disability," including that:
(1) such term shall be construed in favor of broad coverage of individuals under the Act;
(2) an impairment that substantially limits one major life activity need not limit other major life activities in order to be a disability;
(3) an impairment that is episodic or in remission is a disability if it would substantially limit a major life activity when active; and
(4) the determination of whether an impairment substantially limits a major life activity shall be made without regard to the ameliorative effects of specified mitigating measures.
Section 5 -
Prohibits employment discrimination against a qualified individual on the basis of disability. (Current law prohibits employment discrimination against a qualified individual with a disability because of the disability.)
Prohibits the use of qualification standards, employment tests, or other selection criteria based on an individual's uncorrected vision unless the standard, test, or other selection criteria, as used by the covered entity, is shown to be related to the position and is consistent with business necessity.
Section 6 -
Declares that nothing in the Act:
(1) alters the standards for determining eligibility for benefits under state worker's compensation laws or under state and federal disability benefit programs;
(2) alters the requirement to make reasonable modifications in policies or procedures, unless such modifications would fundamentally alter the nature of the goods, services, facilities, or accommodations involved; or
(3) provides the basis for a claim by an individual without a disability that the individual was subject to discrimination because of the individual's lack of disability.
Declares that the authority of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Transportation to issue regulations includes the authority to issue regulations implementing the definitions of this Act.
Section 7 -
Makes conforming amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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