Human Resource Management and the Americans with Disabilities Act

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ADA and Its Implications for Job
Training
Milano Reyna and Ronald R. Sims
INTRODUCTION

Our Changing Business
American business has experienced enormous changes over the last couple of decades. Information technology, the drive toward workplace diversity, and competition have driven many companies to push themselves and take risks further than they ever have before. What American business has come to learn is that it can no longer afford to be characterized as having a homogeneous workforce that is oversized and overmanaged. Today, more than ever, competition and legislative pressures persist and are changing the face of the American company. Already we can observe several patterns as noted below ( Kiechel, 1993):
The average company is becoming smaller, employing fewer individuals.
Traditional hierarchal organizations are giving way to a variety of organizational structures, such as teams, boundaryless organizations, and participative management structures.
Technicians ranging from computer repair persons to medical technologists are replacing management as the worker elite.
The vertical division of labor is being replaced by a horizontal division.

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