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  1. Social Security and Retirement
  2. Retirement Age and Social Security
  3. Working at Home
  4. Longer Years of Retirement
  5. Employment trends
  6. Foreign workers in the United States
  7. Mexican Workers in the United States
  8. Workplace Safety Standards
  9. Work-related Injuries and Deaths
  10. Growth of Large Corporate Farming
  11. Union Membership Across the United States
  12. Laws Regarding Working Women
  13. Labor Contracts in the United States
  14. Right-to-Work Laws
  15. Public worker unions in the United States
  16. Unemployment insurance
  17. Equal Opportunity Employment Laws
  18. Workers’ Compensation
  19. Minimum Age for Agricultural Employment
  20. Minors in the Workplace
  21. Minimum Wage
  22. Employment of Persons with Disabilities
  23. Major Equal Employment Legislation in the U.S.
  24. Employment in the Service Sector
  25. Unemployment
  26. State’s Unique Worker’s Compensation Laws
  27. Life on Unemployment
  28. Minimum Wage and Poverty
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Certain desks are designed to allow people in wheelchairs to use them.
Photo Courtesy of CATEA, Georgia Institute of Technology.
Employment of Persons with Disabilities
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a person with a disability is defined as someone “who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities…” Major life activities are those activities that an average person can easily do, such as breathing, seeing, hearing, walking, working, and learning. The ADA requires employers to make “reasonable accommodations” for persons with disabilities. This might mean that the employer needs to make his or her facility easily accessible to an employee with a disability. It might also mean that an employer has to customize a work schedule or modify equipment or work devices to accommodate a disabled worker. However, an employer is not required to lower production standards to meet the needs of a disabled worker.
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