Thursday, January 31, 2008

Not everybody is working for passage of the ADA Restoration Act of 2007

Just because you feel passionately about the Americans with Disabilities Act and are optimistic about the passage of the ADA Restoration Act of 2007 doesn’t mean that somebody isn’t out there working against what you are hoping will be passed into law.

If you’ve not been keeping up, there are organized efforts working just as hard to stop the passage of H.R. 3195. Some of this work is very direct, while other work is a bit more subtle.

The Washington D.C. conservative think tank, The Heritage Foundation just published a position paper outlining why they feel that the
ADA Restoration Act undermines the employer-employee relationship.

Also, the Society for Human Resource Managers
(SHRM) has called the ADA Restoration Act a bad idea
and has sent out an action alert to its members. This alert is calling for SHRM members to contact their representatives and urge them to vote against the resolution.

If you watched the Republican debate on CNN last night, then you might have noticed that SHRM was one of the sponsors. Remember what I said about the Republican View in my post yesterday? It seems that SHRM noticed it too and is working to promote the cause through the sponsorship of the debate.

George Lenard, A St. Louis labor and employment lawyer
challenges SHRM’s alarmist alert
on his blog and also offers a seasoned labor attorney’s perspective on the pending bill.

There are more web sites than these out there taking a stand against the ADA Restoration Act, but I wanted to share these to point ut that the passage of this legislation is not a slam dunk by any means. While it may make perfect sense to you and I, the conservative, pro-business side is fighting it tooth and nail. Rest assured that there are organized steps being pursued to follow up on their wishes. That means you need to do more than just sit back and pray that this bill will pass. Take action. If you want to see this pass, then you need to contact your representative and let him/her know how you feel.

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