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August 15th, 2014 by

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On July 22, President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law. This new law replaces the outdated Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and represents a renewed commitment to workforce development with an eye to the future through innovation and support for individual and national economic growth. It is aimed at increasing opportunities, particularly for those facing barriers to employment, and invests in the important connection between education and career preparation. WIOA will become effective on July 1, 2015, however, the act includes several provisions that become effective on other dates.

Visit the Department of Labor website for more information on the Act.

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For more information and employer resources, visit www.AskEARN.org.

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August 8th, 2014 by

States and local governments can play a significant role in advancing the employment of individuals with disabilities through their own hiring activities. In a recent EARN report from the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers, research showed that several states emerged as “leading by example” in the hiring of people with disabilities. The report highlights key practices and activities that states can implement to become model employers of people with disabilities.

Click here to read “States as Model Employers of People with Disabilities: A Comprehensive Review of Policies, Practices, and Strategies.”

Help shape strategies, policies, and practices to assist employers in creating a diverse workforce that includes people with disabilities. Join in the online dialogue, State Governments: What Can We Do? Join the Conversation for Change, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

For more information and employer resources, visit www.AskEARN.org.

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August 4th, 2014 by

Small businesses create over 50 percent of the new jobs in the United States. This presents an outstanding opportunity for the employment of people with disabilities, yet it is often difficult to convince small businesses that disability employment can be tied to their success.  A new EARN report by The Conference Board’s Peter Linkow titled “Opening the Doors of Small Business to Employees with Disabilities: Critical Concerns and Strategies for Success” tries to address the concerns that small business leaders have voiced about employing people with disabilities. It explores extensive research demonstrating that hiring people with disabilities can improve an organization’s productivity, work quality, and more at little or no additional cost, while improving the workplace for all employees.

Click here to read the report.

For more information and employer resources, visit www.AskEARN.org.

 

 

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