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What facility accommodations does the ADA require?

If you are a small business owner in Miami, Florida, with 15 or more workers, and you are seeking to hire a new employee, federal law requires you to make accommodations for a person with a disability who wishes to apply. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act National Network, whether your company’s facility meets employment regulations for that person depends on a variety of factors that are case specific.

You are only required to make reasonable accommodations for an applicant or employee who is qualified and able to fulfill the duties of the job once the modifications are made. It may be difficult to determine what the law defines as reasonable in your situation, particularly if you are limited on the amount of capital you can spend on the changes. Alterations to your facilities that may be considered reasonable include accessibility features such as the following:

  •          Widening doorways
  •          Adding wheelchair ramps
  •          Modifying transportation vehicles
  •          Creating accessible parking spaces
  •          Altering restroom facilities

While making these changes could cause undue hardship if you believe you cannot afford them, there is financial help in the form of tax deductions and credits specifically for small businesses. For example, you may receive a full tax deduction of $15,000 for a year if you have expenses related to the architectural or transportation changes. Tax credits are also available, up to $5,000 per year, to ensure that your business meets ADA standards. This information on ADA compliance is provided for educational purposes only, and should not be taken as legal advice.

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