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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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AskEarn.org Spotlight

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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June 21st, 2016 by

 

On June 6, 2016, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015 (Public Law No. 114-75), which establishes a new leave category for federal employees known as “disabled veteran leave.”

Comments by the public regarding the proposed rule must be received by OPM on or before July 6, 2016. Comments must include the following RIN identification number “3206-AN31” and must be submitted using either of the following methods:

Below is an overview of the key policies included in the proposed rule:

  1. The proposed rule establishes a new leave category to be known as “disabled veteran leave.”
  2. The disabled veteran leave will be available for use by an employee who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rated at 30 percent or more.
  3. By law, disabled veteran leave is available only to covered employees who are hired on or after November 5, 2016.
  4. Such an employee is entitled to disabled veteran leave for purposes of undergoing medical treatment for such disability. The medical treatment may include a period of rest, but only if such period of rest is specifically ordered by the health care provider as part of a prescribed course of treatment for the qualifying service-connected disability.
  5. The employee must file an application to use disabled veteran leave. The application must include a personal self-certification that the requested leave will be used for purposes of being furnished medical treatment for a qualifying service-connected disability. In addition, a federal agency may require that the use of disabled veteran leave be supported by a signed written medical certification issued by a health care provider.
  6. Disabled medical leave must be used during the 12-month period beginning on the first day of employment following the military service during which the employee incurred such disability. Disabled veteran leave not used during the 12-month period may not be carried over to subsequent years and will be forfeited. An employee may not receive a lump-sum payment for any unused disabled veteran leave under any circumstances.

To learn more about the proposed rule on “Disabled Veteran Leave and Other Miscellaneous Changes,” visit the Federal Register at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/06/06/2016-13285/disabled-veteran-leave-and-other-miscellaneous-changes.

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June 13th, 2016 by

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June 13, 2016

What’s New

How Does Inclusion Work? Let Me Count the Ways
In a recent post on the U.S. Department of Labor blog, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Jennifer Sheehy shared the impetus behind this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme, #InclusionWorks, noting the many ways “inclusion works” for workers, employers and innovation. She also encouraged individuals and employers to add to the national dialogue now and through NDEAM in October by posting images of inclusion on social media using the hashtag.

Read the blog post.

Viscardi Achievement Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards. Bestowed annually by the Viscardi Center, these awards recognize leaders who have helped improve quality of life for people with disabilities in all areas of community life, including employment. They are named in honor of one of the world’s foremost advocates for people with disabilities, Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr. This year’s selection committee is co-chaired by Robert Dole, former U.S. Senator, and Sherwood D. Goldberg, Esq. (Col. Ret) Senior Advisor for Asian Affairs Center for Naval Analysis.

Learn more about the awards.

Free Webcourse on ADA and Employment
The New England ADA Center offers a free online course on the requirements that employers must meet under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This course, which is approved for 2.5 credits from the HR Certification Institute the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, provides key information about different stages of the employment lifecycle, including topics such as pre-employment do’s and don’ts, provision of reasonable accommodations, and concerns regarding medical information and confidentiality.

Register for the webcourse.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month
June is recognized as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has several key resources available to assist employers in understanding how best to accommodate and support people with PTSD, including veterans with disabilities. Using these resources, employers can learn more about PTSD and its symptoms, as well as gain ideas for practical accommodation solutions for specific workplace situations.

Read JAN’s accommodation ideas for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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PEAT Talks – Social Media & Job Recruiting–Leveling the “Playing Fields”

June 16, 2016, 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET Speaker Series

As part of its monthly “PEAT Talks” webinar series, the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology will host an online presentation by digital marketer Eliza Greenwood, who will speak about best accessibility practices for using popular social media platforms for employee recruitment.

Register for the PEAT Talk.

EEOC’s New Resource on Leave as an ADA Reasonable Accommodation: A Closer Look with EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum

June 23, 2016, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. ET WEBINAR

Join Jeff Nowak, an expert on the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Commissioner Chai Feldblum for a webinar that will provide context and examples of real-life scenarios to support EEOC’s newly released technical assistance resource on leave as a reasonable accommodation.

Register for the EEOC webinar.

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.

Employer Spotlight

Brass Light Gallery

Brass Light Gallery

Wisconsin-based lighting company Brass Light Gallery has been shining a light on inclusive hiring practices since 1993. Since hiring the company’s first employee with a disability more than 20 years ago, the company’s Operations Officer, Jeff Perkins, has been dedicated to promoting inclusive employment. Perkins shares the immediate value that Brass Light Gallery’s first employee with a disability brought to the team, benefitting the bottom line and boosting morale among all staff.

Read more about the Brass Light Gallery.

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Recruiting Interns & Recent Graduates

Recruiting Interns & Recent Graduates

With graduation season upon us, many college students and recent graduates – including those with disabilities – are hitting the job market, whether in search of seasonal or long-term employment. Employers interested in benefitting from their skills and talents may want to check out AskEARN.org’s resources related to interviewing, selecting and supervising interns with disabilities.

View the Recruiting Interns and Recent Graduates 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.

Click Here to Subscribe to the EARN Newsletter!

 

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