The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990 to prevent employment discrimination on the basis of an employee’s disability. While the definition of disability has not changed with the enactment of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the final regulations promulgated thereunder, the scope of the definition has been expanded with specific rules of construction favorable to employees. Starting on May 24, 2011, employers will be subject to the ADAAA final regulations, which set forth new, lengthy rules to guide compliance with a broader application of ADA discrimination protections for an expanded class of disabled individuals. The attached GT Alert — Disabilities in the Workplace – Regulations to Implement the Equal Employment Provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act — discusses the ADAAA and the new regulations.