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The ADA attempts a comprehensive solution to discrimination against the disabled. This chapter examines only the provision of it dealing with the hiring and retention of disabled employees. This is not a comprehensive guide to the ADA and its restrictions on discrimination against disabled persons. These materials are intended to help occupational medicine physicians recognize the issues posed by the ADA in their practice. A physician who is charged with establishing an employer's policies and procedures for complying with the requirements of the ADA must seek the advice of counsel.

By July 1994, the ADA will cover all workplaces with 15 or more employees. This includes governmental entities, making its coverage broader than OSHA, which exempts governmental workplaces. Most private employers will be covered by both the ADA and OSHA regulations. The ADA will require all covered workplaces to restructure their handling of employee health programs.

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