27 March 2012
Hotel Lawyer ADA defense alert
Significant legislation has been introduced with AH&LA support to provide relief for ADA compliance on pool lifts. So my ADA expert partner, Marty Orlick, and I thought it might be helpful to explain what is going on, and what it likely means to you. Here is what is happening . . .
One year delay for ADA pool lift requirement
On March 26, 2012, the AH&LA announced support for legislation introduced to force a 1 year delay in enforcing the ADA pool lift requirement. The bill was introduced by Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) and has 26 original co-sponsors.
Authorize portable pool lifts, sharing lifts and protection for hoteliers during delay
In addition to delaying effectiveness of the pool lift requirement that was originally scheduled to be effective March 15, 2012 and then delayed 90 days until May 15, 2012, the proposed legislation would give some other much-sought-after relief.
It would allow the use of portable pool lifts, and allow sharing of lifts among pools. Both of these alternatives were belatedly prohibited by the Department of Justice’s January 31, 2012 interpretation of its final rules, and would be overturned by the legislation if adopted.
Significant relief for the hotel industry
According to AH&LA President/CEO Joe McInerney. “Portable lifts will allow hoteliers to protect guest safety, while accommodating guests with disabilities. The delay will allow hoteliers the time to implement the necessary changes without the fear of lawsuits.”
The March 15, 2012 compliance date remains in effect for all other provisions of the 2010 Standards.
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