- Presentation Files
On February 16, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a final rule updating Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act, which requires affirmative action and nondiscrimination in employment of people with disabilities by federal agencies. These updates both strengthen the regulation and reaffirm the Federal Government’s commitment to serving as a model employer of people with disabilities. Among the notable changes is the establishment of uniform goals across agencies for representation of people with disabilities, while historically each agency established its own. Furthermore, agencies will now need to adopt these goals at both higher and lower levels of employment.
This EARN webinar will explore the new rule in depth and may be of particular interest to disability program managers, selective placement program coordinators, human resources professionals, managers and hiring officials across the Federal Government. Panelists will address the importance of self-identification in the context of the new numerical hiring goals, as well as how the new rule impacts the federal job application process and reasonable accommodation procedures, in particular personal assistance services in the workplace environment.
- Brett Sheats (Moderator), National Project Director, Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion
- Chai R. Feldblum, Commissioner, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
- Dexter Brooks, Director of Federal Sector Programs, Office of Federal Operations, EEOC
- Aaron Konopasky, Senior Attorney Advisor in EEOC’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
- Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary, ODEP