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July 25, 2016

What’s New

Looking Ahead to ADA 26
July 26 marks the 26th anniversary of the passage of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) legislation, and employers are encouraged to celebrate the occasion in their workplaces. To help, the ADA National Network offers an ADA Anniversary Toolkit filled with guidance and resources to make the day count. Of course, the ADA is key to workplace inclusion every day, and the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) also offers a wealth of information to assist employers in understanding their responsibilities under it.

Visit the ADA Anniversary Toolkit or the JAN ADA Library.

2016 Disability Equality Index Results Are In
The U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) have announced the results of the 2016 Disability Equality Index (DEI) survey, conducted to gather information about disability-inclusive business practices across industries. Top scoring companies are featured in the 2016 DEI Best Places to Work list, with Fortune 500 companies leading the way.

Read the 2016 DEI Best Places to Work list.

Final WIOA Rules Released
The U.S. Departments of Labor and Education recently released the final rules implementing the landmark Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The new regulations will help employers meet workforce needs by strengthening employment and training opportunities for all Americans, especially individuals who have significant barriers to employment, such as those with disabilities.

Read the press release.

Positive Trends Continue for Disability Employment
According to the latest National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report released by the Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire, major economic indicators of employment for people with disabilities have increased for the third month in a row. The nTIDE report is published each month based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Currently, growth of employment for people with disabilities is outpacing that of employment for people without disabilities.

Read the nTIDE Jobs Report.

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Working Together: How Businesses Can Support Career Success for Youth with Disabilities

July 28, 2016, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET TWITTER CHAT

Join the Campaign for Disability Employment for a Twitter chat being held in honor of the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and as a prelude to National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October. The topic will be what the “post-ADA generation” sees as key to workplace success—and the important role employers play in helping achieve it.

Use the hashtag #CDEYouth to participate.

Employer Spotlight

IGI Advanced Cleaning Services

IGI Advanced Cleaning Services

Located in Couer d’Alene, Idaho, IGI Advanced Cleaning Services hires people with disabilities at all levels of their crew. The company’s general manager, Igor Malanchuk, connected with a local disability employment program and hired John Parker, a man who is deaf, to join the team. Parker was given the opportunity to advance from a crew member to a supervisor, and now leads a team of people who are either deaf or hearing impaired, in their work duties.

Read more about IGI Advanced Cleaning Services.

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Hiring Incentives

Hiring Incentives

A number of tax credits and deductions can help employers, especially small businesses, be more disability inclusive by offsetting the costs of modifications to increase the accessibility of their facilities for employees and customers. There are also some tax incentives specific to hiring disabled veterans.

To learn more, visit EARN’s Hiring Incentives webpage.

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified employees with disabilities. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy under a cooperative agreement with The Viscardi Center. For more information, visit AskEARN.org

 

Preparation of this material was funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, Grant No. [OD-26451-14-75-4-36]. This document does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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July 6th, 2016 by

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July 6, 2016

What’s New

NDEAM 2016 Posters Ready for Display
Show your support for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 2016 by downloading and printing the new NDEAM poster to display prominently in your workplace. The poster, which is available for free in both English and Spanish, is a colorful reminder of the important message that inclusion works for business, opportunity and innovation – a celebration of this year’s NDEAM theme, #InclusionWorks.

Download the poster in English and Spanish.

One-Stop Recruitment Resource for Employers
Both private and public sector employers in search of qualified, job-ready candidates can visit Labor for America (LFA), a free, one-stop online resource sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor that provides a searchable database of skilled federal workers who have been displaced from their job due to workplace injury. LFA connects employers with local vocational rehabilitation counselors to facilitate the recruitment process and provide direct support to ensure candidates successfully re-enter the workforce.

Register with LFA.

Playbook for Accessible Technology in the Workplace
A new resource released by the Chief Information Officer (CIO) Council’s Accessible Technology Community of Practice provides practical tips and guidance on how to build an effective program related to Section 508 – the regulation requiring federal agencies to purchase, implement and maintain accessible technology. The “Technology Accessibility Playbook” provides a framework consisting of 12 key “plays” to ensure that digital services and technology solutions are fully accessible to both employees and members of the public who have disabilities.

Download the “Technology Accessibility Playbook.”

GAO to Study Hiring of Those with Disabilities
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has been tasked with reviewing federal agencies’ hiring practices regarding candidates with disabilities as a follow-up to a review conducted in 2012. The goal of the new review is to examine whether agencies are adopting leading practices for hiring and retaining employees with disabilities; evaluate retention rates of those with disabilities; examine agencies’ “reasonable accommodation” policies and procedures; and assess the Office of Personnel Management’s and the U.S. Department of Labor’s performance in supporting the order.

Learn more about the GAO study.

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Mark Your Calendar

Accessible Office Spaces and Interior Design

July 7, 2016, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET WEBINAR

Accessibility standards as set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the U.S. Access Board apply to a range of public and private spaces, including workplaces. This webinar will address how to comply with these standards when designing an office space and how to avoid some common inaccessible design errors.

Register for the July 7 webinar.

PEAT Talks: The ADA and Accessible Workplace Technology

July 21, 2016, 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET WEBINAR

Join Bobby Silverstein, former staff director and chief counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy and chief aide to Senator Tom Harkin, for a discussion on how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to accessible workplace technology as well as relevant current policy developments.

Register for the July 21 webinar.

Emphasis on Wage Requirements Under Section 14(c) of the FLSA

Multiple Dates and Locations Seminars

Throughout the summer in various cities nationwide, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is offering free seminars to assist employers and community rehabilitation programs (CRPs) in complying with section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). There is no fee to attend these conferences; however, space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

Learn Details and Register for the Seminars.

Employer Spotlight

Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

The Connecticut-based Thomas Hooker Brewing Company was recently featured in “Business Sense,” an email newsletter from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), for its thriving inclusive hiring practices. Through strong community partnerships, the company has recruited many employees with disabilities who are engaged in work that is truly integral to the success of the business.

Read more about Thomas Hooker Brewing Company.

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Working with Job Coaches and Employment Support Professionals

Working with Job Coaches and Employment Support Professionals

Job coaches can provide support for people with disabilities in all phases of the employment lifecycle. EARN’s web page on this topic explores how both employers and employees can benefit from the services of job coaches to ensure a smooth on-boarding process and achieve desired performance outcomes.

Read the webpage.

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified employees with disabilities. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy under a cooperative agreement with The Viscardi Center. For more information, visit AskEARN.org

 

Preparation of this material was funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, Grant No. [OD-26451-14-75-4-36]. This document does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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June 27th, 2016 by

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June 27, 2016

What’s New

NOD Leading Disability Employer Seal Winners
Earlier this month, the National Organization on Disability (NOD) released its 2016 list of Leading Disability Employer Seal Winners. Bestowed annually, this designation applauds organizations that are leading the way in disability hiring and encourages more companies to tap into the many benefits of inclusive employment practices, including increased productivity and dedication and greater employee engagement across the workforce. The results are based on data provided by companies in response to NOD’s Disability Employment Tracker™.

Learn more about the program and this year’s winners.

Circling to Discuss Disability Inclusion
On June 16, the “Circle” – a group of companies noted for their commitment to disability inclusion – met at U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) headquarters in Alexandria, Va. On the agenda was accessibility and recruiting in the digital age, with presentations by both the U.S. Access Board and the Partnership for Employment and Accessible Technology and a robust discussion about accessible technology across the employment lifecycle. USBLN is a national non-profit dedicated to increasing disability inclusion across the business enterprise; it convenes the Circle as part of its partnership in EARN.

Learn more about USBLN.

OPM Proposed Rule for “Disabled Veteran Leave”
On June 6, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015, which establishes a new leave category for federal employees known as “disabled veteran leave.” Under the proposed rule, this type of leave would be available for use by any federal employee who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rated at 30 percent or more. Public comments regarding the proposed rule must be received by July 6.

Learn more about the proposed rule.

Get Social with the Campaign for Disability Employment!
Employers interested in learning more about disability and employment issues are encouraged to check out the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE), a multifaceted outreach campaign funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and supported by several leading business and disability organizations. The CDE focuses on positive imagery and messages centered around the core message that “at work, it’s what people CAN do that matters.”

Follow the CDE on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or join its LinkedIn Group.

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Talent Matters: Fostering Disability-Inclusive Outreach and Recruitment Strategies

June 30, 2016, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET WEBINAR

Have you partnered with, or perhaps considered partnering with, disability service providers to recruit talent for your company? If you have questions about how this process works, this webinar will provide insight. Employers will discuss how such partnerships can be leveraged to both increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities and meet individual businesses’ unique workforce needs.

Register for the Talent Matters webinar.

Promoting Inclusive Career Pathways

June 30, 2016, 3:00-4:00 P.M. ET Twitter Chat

The LEAD Center will host its inaugural Twitter chat on June 30, which will focus on strategies and practices to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities, and others who face barriers to employment, in career pathways initiatives.

To join the Twitter chat, use the hashtag #LEADChat or visit the LEAD Center’s Twitter page (@LEADCtr).

Emphasis on Wage Requirements Under Section 14(c) of the FLSA

Multiple Dates and Locations Seminars

Throughout the summer in various cities nationwide, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is offering free seminars to assist employers and community rehabilitation programs (CRPs) in complying with section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). There is no fee to attend these conferences; however, space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

Learn Details and Register for the Seminars.

Employer Spotlight

Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company

The Ford Motor Company recently announced the launch of a pilot program, “FordInclusiveWorks,” to tap into the talents of and provide work experience opportunities for people on the autism spectrum. Through the initiative, the company will establish five new product development positions specifically “created to suit the skills and capabilities of people with autism.” Following successful completion of the program, participants will be given the chance to go through Ford’s standard employee recruitment process.

Read more about FordInclusiveWorks.

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The ADA & Workplace Safety

The ADA & Workplace Safety

June is National Safety Month – and an opportune time for employers to refresh their knowledge on how Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements can intersect with disability non-discrimination requirements, particularly related to pre-employment screenings, the physical environment and issues of confidentiality. To help employers understand when there is overlap, AskEARN.org’s ADA & Workplace Safety webpage provides explanations and examples.

Read the webpage.

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified employees with disabilities. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy under a cooperative agreement with The Viscardi Center. For more information, visit AskEARN.org

 

Preparation of this material was funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, Grant No. [OD-26451-14-75-4-36]. This document does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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June 21st, 2016 by

 

Labor for America (LFA) is a free web-based recruitment portal that connects public and private sector employers with qualified, job ready candidates. LFA candidates are skilled, motivated workers who have been displaced from their federal jobs by workplace injury or illness but who are ready to return to work. Sponsored by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, LFA offers services and incentives to assist with recruitment and transition to work. For additional information about how the program works and to learn more about employer registration, please visit the LFA home page.

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