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Quick-when was the last time you thought twice about a ramp outside a public building? How about a wheelchair-accessible bathroom? Do you even blink when you see a closed-captioning enabled TV? Most of these things are so common today that we barely remember how much has changed in the past 25 years. Read the rest of this op-ed on the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act written by William Daroff, JFNA's Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the Washington Office here.

ADA Disabilities Law: A Dream Worth Celebrating, But Not Fully Realized, August 5, 2015 the algemeiner, by William Daroff

The new reforms proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor concerning overtime are meant to address issues for all employers-but nonprofits have to remember that they too are affected, and they ought to be prepared to weigh in or adjust. The new proposed DOL regulations expand overtime protections by doubling the minimum salary of white collar workers before they would be considered exempt from being paid time-and-a-half wages for working in excess of 40 hours, raising the minimum from $23,660 (or $455 a week) to $50,400 ($970 a week).

The Debate over Reforming Overtime Regulations, July 29, 2015, Nonprofit Quarterly, by Rick Cohen
 

 

This month has been a whirlwind of exciting activity and announcements for the Administration on Aging and the Administration for Community Living as a whole.  We celebrated the 50th anniversaries of the Older Americans Act and Medicare and Medicaid and the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which together with Social Security (which will celebrate its 80th anniversary in August), help enable older adults to live their later years in the homes and communities they choose.

This month, we also celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Area Agency on Aging network at the annual conference of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.  And, of course, July included the sixth White House Conference on Aging, which brought together an unprecedented number of older adults, aging advocates, state and federal partners, community organizations, foundations, and private companies to address the needs of seniors and their families today and into the future.  The conference, along with the Healthy Aging Summit earlier this week, also gave us the chance to share updates on a number of programs with our partners in the aging network. Learn more here.

Recap: WHCOA, Healthy Aging Summit, July 31, 2015, Administration for Community Living