Air Transport World

Congress's hiring 'fixes.' (how new laws will have a direct effect on the airline industry)

Airlines are always looking at the bottom line. Now Congress has enacted three laws that will affect not only bottom fines but also people in the employment line.

The Americans With Disability Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the so-called random drug and alcohol-testing law enacted as part of the Department of Transportation's fiscal 1992 appropriations bill will have a significant effect on how airlines hire and treat employees. However, a number of airlines, particularly the smaller ones, appear unaware of, or unwilling to face, what awaits them.

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), a kindred spirit to the Air Carrier Access Act, prohibits employers from discriminating against an employee or applicant on the basis of disability. Nevertheless, the new law contains many nuances. Any physical or mental impairment is considered a disability. …

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