NCSL Develops Brief on State Disability Employment Policies The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)—a partner of the Employer TA Center—recently drafted and disseminated a brief outlining policies states can use to encourage and support the hiring, retention and promotion of people with disabilities. The publication identifies states that have successfully implemented such policies and is part of the Employer TA Center’s collaborative efforts to encourage states to become model employers of individuals with disabilities.
Blog Explores the Merits of Disability Inclusion In a recent Huffington Post blog post, author and Olympian Bonnie St. John interviewed diversity expert Deb Dagit on efforts to deepen disability inclusion in the workplace. The piece covered a range of topics, including the importance of Business Resource Groups (BRGs) for people with disabilities, and eight things BRGs can do to make employees with disabilities feel more welcome and included. Dagit, who spent 11 years as Chief Diversity Officer of Merck, is a leading expert on disability and diversity issues in the workplace.
EEOC Seeks Public Input on Regulatory Review Process The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission—which enforces federal laws prohibiting discrimination, including on the basis of disability—is seeking public input on its ongoing review of existing regulations being conducted pursuant to Executive Order 13563, “Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review.” The EEOC invites members of the public to provide feedback on several key questions, as well as any other retrospective regulatory review matters within the EEOC’s jurisdiction. Comments may be submitted through April 20, 2015.
CAP Offers Disability Etiquette Training The Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program, a service of the U.S. Department of Defense, has released a six-part disability etiquette training series. The free online trainings provide tips and guidance to help viewers effectively communicate and interact with individuals who have varying disabilities. Modules take less than 30 minutes to complete and are equally beneficial to personnel in both military and civilian workplaces. Participants are provided a certificate upon completion of each module.
Accommodating Employees with Mental Health Disabilities in Higher Education
April 23, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST
This webinar will address accommodations for employees with mental health disabilities in the higher education setting. It is being coordinated by the Employer TA Center in collaboration with the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium as part of its alliance with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. Speakers include John Kemp, Esq., President and CEO of The Viscardi Center and Dr. Beth Loy, Principal Consultant at the Job Accommodation Network. This event is approved for one HR General recertification credit hour through the HR Certification Institute.
Cultivating Talent for Tomorrow: The Value of Interns with Disabilities (Rescheduled!)
April 29, 2015, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST
Internships offer an easy and effective way to evaluate potential employees and cultivate a pipeline of talent for the future. Moreover, by targeting specific populations—such as people with disabilities—they can advance workforce diversity goals, including those related to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. This Employer TA Center webinar will address these benefits and how employers can use the Workforce Recruitment Program to source qualified interns with disabilities.
Partners HealthCare in Massachusetts is reaping the benefits of its Working Partners program, a first of its kind public/private partnership that trains and connects qualified persons with disabilities to health care jobs within the Partners network. “It always helps us as health care providers to have a workforce that reflects the communities we serve. It allows us to have a richer understanding of each other and also maximize the talents we bring to caring for our patients,” says Oz Mondejar, Senior Vice President of Mission and Advocacy.
Professional Development & Advancement of Employees with Disabilities
As the workforce evolves, so too must employer strategies to retain and advance top talent. This research-to-practice brief from the Employer TA Center discusses key workforce trends and common workplace barriers, and provides recommendations for fully incorporating employees with disabilities into career development and advancement programs.
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified employees with disabilities. It is a service of the National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities (Employer TA Center), which 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.