The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law designed to prevent discrimination and enable individuals with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of society. With approximately 25 million small businesses in the U.S. representing 99.7% of all employers, the likelihood of dealing with employees covered by ADA guidelines is high.
ADA applies to all businesses with 15 or more employees. Trying to clearly understand what you need to do as a small business employer can often be confusing. However, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission produces a handbook called, The Americans with Disabilities Act: A Primer for Small Business that can help explain the law and its requirements. This handbook will provide you with an easy-to-read, overview of the basic employment provisions of the ADA as they relate to employees and job applicants.