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The 8 Top ADA Violations And How To Avoid Them

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 3/21/17 5:20 PM

American with Disabilities Act (ADA) litigation is on the rise. Accessibility lawsuits stemming from the ADA, as well as state and local accessibility laws and statutes, are on the rise nationally. Serial plaintiffs are finding more ways to create a backlog of accessibility lawsuits across the nation. It’s not uncommon for one plaintiff to be responsible for hundreds of "drive-by lawsuits."

But what can you do about avoiding ADA lawsuits?

Two things: be proactive, and know what to watch for.

Below are the 8 areas with the most common barriers that EMG documents during ADA/Accessibility Assessments.

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Topics: ADA, Accessibility Compliance, Retail ADA Requirements, Accessibility Assessments, ADA Compliance, ada violations, ADA Assessments, ADA Consulting

The Time Is Now - Retail ADA Compliance

Posted by Ron Stupi on 7/20/16 4:54 PM

After two decades, it’s time for retailers to get okay with ADA.


The date was January 26, 1992. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” by George Michael and Elton John was the Number 1 song; the Washington Redskins defeated the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI by a score of 37 to 24; and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) went into effect after legislation was passed in the House of Representatives on July 26, 1990. For those with disabilities, it was an unforgettable day. They would be able to go to work, school, the bank, movie theaters and more because there wouldn’t be physical barriers preventing everyday activities. Former President George H.W. Bush likened the enactment of the law to the fall of the Berlin Wall. He said, “And now I sign legislation which takes a sledgehammer to another wall, one which has for too many generations separated Americans with disabilities from the freedom they could glimpse but not grasp.”

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Topics: ADA, Retail ADA Requirements, Americans with Disabilities Act

When to Repair or Replace Your Parking Lots

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 3/24/16 5:27 PM

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Your company’s parking lots are often the first customer touchpoint. Do your lots appear as inviting expanses of carefully-tended blacktop, or are they full of potholes? Be sure your lots reflect the pride of your Company Brand.

Our Parking Lot Tip Sheet will help you assess issues you might not be aware of:

  • Excessive capital expenditures
  • ADA compliance concerns
  • Customer complaints that lead to legal claims
  • and more

What messages are your parking lots sending, and how do you know when to repair or replace them?

EMG’s Tip Sheet will help steer you in the right direction. If you answer “yes” to many or all of the questions in this tip sheet, it may be time for action.

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Topics: Property Condition Assessment, ADA, Paving, Site Condition Assessments, Parking Lot

VIDEO - EMG Says "Yes to More" Real Estate Life Cycle Services

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 3/30/15 11:51 AM

EMG can say "Yes to More" of your service needs throughout the entire life cycle of real estate.

Do you have projects that don't fit within your organization's core competency?

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Topics: Energy Audit, Seismic Risk, Environmental Site Assessment, Property Condition Assessment, Energy, ADA, Project Management Consulting Firm, Capital Planning, Engineering Assessments, Real Estate Life Cycle, Accessibility Compliance, Construction Management

Why Commercial Enterprises Shouldn't Snub the Americans with Disabilities Act

Posted by Scott McNeice on 3/24/15 10:56 AM

The Risks Outweigh the Cost Savings

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 50 million Americans have disabilities, many of whom need special accommodations when shopping and lodging. The federal government isn’t leaving it to retailers, hotels, and shopping centers to decide what to do. There’s some pretty extensive and complex legislation to ensure the special needs of disabled citizens are met, and lately the Department of Justice and opportunistic third parties are keeping very close eyes on which companies and brands are complying. Want to retain your stellar public image? Keen to minimize or avoid costly lawsuits?  Committed to corporate compliance? These are all great questions, and if you answered “yes” to one or more of them, keep reading! 

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Topics: Hospitality, ADA, Retail

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