Human Resource Management And The Americans With Disabilities Act

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Veres, Sims and their contributors focus on the nuts-and-bolts issues in human resource management (HRM) created by passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), then identify future issues and their projected impact. With practical discussion of traditional HRM activities and innovative activities the act has created, they help alleviate fears and, in doing so, fill a wide gap in the literature on ADA compliance. A welcome resource for human resource professionals and ...

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Overview

Veres, Sims and their contributors focus on the nuts-and-bolts issues in human resource management (HRM) created by passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), then identify future issues and their projected impact. With practical discussion of traditional HRM activities and innovative activities the act has created, they help alleviate fears and, in doing so, fill a wide gap in the literature on ADA compliance. A welcome resource for human resource professionals and their academic colleagues as well.

The history of federal regulation in the United States is such that fears in the human resource management community with regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act are hardly irrational. Especially disconcerting is the act's scope; and, to make matters worse, its provisions are often vague and even obscure. Writing from the viewpoint of human resource professionals, Veres, Sims, and their contributors look closely at some of the major issues raised by the act's passage, then forecast what other issues will be in the future. In doing so they provide practical advice on how to comply with the act in day-to-day situations and on crucial management topics.

Veres, Sims, and their contributors examine the act's provisions and the ways in which it demands that managers scrutinize and reassess their essential functions. Compliance issues and how to avoid running afoul of the act's provisions are examined next, followed by a discussion of how the act applies to recruiting, testing, and employee selection. The performance appraisal process and how non-imparied employees will respond to accommodations required for their non-impaired colleagues is carefully laid out, and the interaction of the Equal Pay Act and the ADA is examined. Training needs in an ADA context and other problems are also treated, with special focus on ways in which employee discontent can be minimized as such problems are met and solved. A valuable guide and resource for human resource professionals and their academic colleagues.

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Writing from the perspective of human resource professionals, contributors examine some issues raised by the Act's passage, then forecast what other issues will arise in the future, providing practical advice on how to comply with the Act in day-to-day situations and in connection with particular management issues. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899308579
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/14/1995
  • Pages: 230
  • Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN G. VERES III is Director of the Center for Business and Economic Development at Auburn University, Montgomery, and teaches Psychometric Theory and Instrument Design in the Department of Psychology.

RONALD R. SIMS is the Floyd Dewey Gottwald Professor of Business Administration and Director of the Masters in Business Administration Program at the College of William and Mary.

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Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Americans with Disabilities Act: Description and Analysis 7
2 Defining Essential Functions through Job Analysis 41
3 Reasonable Accommodation 71
4 The Use of Screening and Selection Techniques under the ADA: Implementations for Employers 87
5 Perceptions of Inequity in Performance Appraisal Resulting from the Implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act 105
6 The Americans with Disabilities Act and Compensation 115
7 ADA and Its Implications for Job Training 127
8 ADA and the Role of Human Resource Management in Managing the Diverse Workforce of the 1990s 149
9 Improving HRM's Responsiveness to the ADA 171
Appendix 185
Index 209
Contributors 213
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