EEOC Issues New Regulations Regarding the ADA Amendments Act of 2008

The EEOC recently issued its final regulations pertaining to the Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008.  These new regulations significantly modify the existing legal landscape relating to the law of disability discrimination.  They include nine “rules of construction” derived from the statute or its legislative history, many of which relate to whether a disability “substantially limits” an individual in a major life activity, whether an individual has a “record of impairment,” or whether the operation of a major bodily function impairs an individual’s “major life activities.”