DOJ Rejects Lodging Industry’s Pool Lift Requests
Posted on: February 28, 2012
March 15 Deadline and January Clarification Reiterated The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) informed AH&LA this week that it would not revisit its January 31 clarification requiring all public swimming pools to have permanently affixed lifts if readily achievable, nor would it extend the March 15, 2012, deadline for lodging facilities and other public accommodations to comply with the new requirements.
- AH&LA is extremely disappointed in the DOJ’s refusal to address the lodging industry’s concerns and is continuing to seek redress from Congress and the Administration, including:
- Lobbying Congress – this has generated numerous letters and calls from members of Congress for a reasonable interpretation of the 2010 ADA regulations.
- Leading a coalition of affected industries to call on DOJ to restore the original interpretation of the 2010 regulations. AH&LA submitted a letter to DOJ signed by several other organizations on March 13.
- Continued meetings with White House and Administration agencies including the Small Business Administration and the Office of Management and Budget.
- Publishing an ADA Guide online for compliance which members can use for current and future ADA needs. A copy is available at www.ahla.com.
- Implementing a media strategy intended to bring daylight to this anti-business regulatory interpretation.
Next Steps for Hoteliers:
DOJ has stated that hoteliers, at the very least, need to demonstrate that they have shown due diligence in attempting to install a permanently affixed pool lift in advance of the March 15, 2012 deadline. While AH&LA is still pursuing remedies for hoteliers related to the deadline and need for a permanently affixed lift, DOJ is not currently backing down on these requirements.