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HARRISBURG CABLE CHANNEL TO SHOW TELECONFERENCE FOR EMPLOYERS ON AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

 HARRISBURG CABLE CHANNEL TO SHOW TELECONFERENCE
 FOR EMPLOYERS ON AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Labor and Industry Secretary Tom Foley announced today that Sammons Communications of Harrisburg will air a statewide teleconference aimed at helping Pennsylvania employers understand their obligations under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA.
 The three-hour program will be shown twice on the Capitol Region Access Channel, Channel 16 -- Tuesday, Sept. 29, beginning at 4 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m.
 The teleconference was originally telecast June 16 to nearly 3,000 employers in 40 locations throughout the commonwealth.
 The law, which has been called the most sweeping civil rights legislation since the 1960s, prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all employment practices.
 "The ADA isn't just another set of regulations that businesses have to deal with," Foley said. "The law represents an excellent opportunity both for businesses and for Pennsylvanians with disabilities whose skills and abilities have for too long been overlooked."
 The program, produced by Pennsylvania's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), includes presentations from a panel of experts from the state and federal governments.
 Among the topics covered are an overview of the ADA's employment provisions, reasonable accommodations, structural accommodations and enforcement. The panel also fields more than 50 questions phoned in by employers.
 "We're delighted by the opportunity to help spread the word about this important federal legislation and provide a valuable public service to our subscribers," said John Blair, a spokesman for the Capitol Region Access Channel.
 Employment provisions of the ADA went into effect July 26 for employers with 25 or more workers. An estimated 26,000 companies were affected.
 In July 1994, another 25,000 employers will be required to comply when the employment provisions cover companies with 15 or more workers.
 Although the ADA is federal legislation, OVR has taken the lead in helping employers understand how they are affected by the law. OVR enables people with disabilities to receive the training they need to rejoin the workforce and live as independently as possible.
 In addition to being carried by Channel 16, the teleconference is also airing on cable stations in several states, including Florida, California and New York.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Hensel, deputy press secretary of the Department of Labor and Industry, 717-787-7530, or John Blair of Capitol Region Access, 717-236-6000/ CO: Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry; Sammons
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