Improving HRM's Responsiveness to the ADA
Ronald R. Sims, John G. Veres III, and Frank R. Igou
Human resource management (HRM) is becoming more and more demanding. Today, it is not enough to stay on top of developments within a rapidly changing discipline. What is required of HRM specialists is a mastery of a broader set of important skills and to help their organizations develop proactive responses to the continuous demands of regulations and legislation like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Each of the chapters in this book have offered ideas on the implications of ADA for organizations in general and HRM specialists in particular. This concluding chapter will offer a number of ideas that are intended to improve the likelihood that HRM specialists can help their organizations be more responsive to the ADA.
In some instances, the chapter will offer specific guidelines that HRM specialists can use to more effectively respond to the demands of the ADA. In other instances, the chapter will attempt to add further clarification of some of the ideas presented by the contributors throughout this book. In the end, it is our hope that this chapter will in some way provide additional insights on the challenges of and potential responses to the ADA.
As highlighted in chapter 3, the passage of the ADA dramatically increased the legal importance of job analysis, job descriptions, and job specifications.