NFIB Suit Against ADA Rules
The National Federation of Independent Business filed a lawsuit aimed at forcing the Department of Justice to consider less-burdensome alternatives to new building accessibility requirements.
Under proposed new Americans with Disabilities Act rules, businesses would have to provide wheelchair access throughout their employee work areas even if none of their employees uses a wheelchair. In addition, handrails would be required on both sides of ramps and stairwells, light switches would have to be lowered, and flashing lights as well as sound would be mandatory for fire alarms.
NFIB contends the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board should have analyzed the new rules' impact on small businesses. The agency says the analysis wasn't necessary because the new requirements would increase the cost of new and altered facilities by only 0.5 percent.