Disability Employment Tracker Open enrollment for year three of the Disability Employment Tracker™ is now underway. Sponsored by the National Organization on Disability (NOD), this tool provides companies a confidential assessment of their disability and veteran employment policies and practices, providing tailored reports in four areas. Completion of the Tracker is required to be considered for DiversityInc’s annual list of Top 10 Companies for People with Disabilities, and this year, for the first time, top scorers have the opportunity to earn an NOD Disability Employer Seal of Approval.
Schedule A: A Fast Track to Federal Disability Inclusion A new “rack card” released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) this week provides a high-level overview of Schedule A, an excepted service hiring authority available to federal agencies to hire and/or to promote people with disabilities without competition, thus bypassing the often prolonged traditional hiring process. ODEP produced the rack card in cooperation with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and U.S. Office of Personnel Management as part of ongoing efforts to assist federal agencies in meeting their disability inclusion goals.
Addressing Disability Employment in the First State Earlier this month, Delaware Governor Jack Markell used his weekly video address to focus on the need to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities – a topic he also championed during his tenure as chair of the National Governors Association a few years ago. During his recorded message, he issued a clear call to action to all businesses to recruit and retrain people with disabilities as a means of promoting economic growth and social change, saying “Reaching our potential as a state requires that we tap into the abilities of all of our people.”
In the coming weeks, the National Organization on Disability (NOD) will be hosting two free 30-minute webinars for employers to learn how to confidentially assess and enhance their company’s disability and veterans hiring and inclusion initiatives using the free Disability Employment Tracker™ tool. Now in its third year, this tool was developed by NOD in collaboration with the National Business and Disability Council at The Viscardi Center.
Successfully Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities in the Federal Workforce
February 17, 2016, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET
This Job Accommodation Network (JAN) webcast will go over real-life accommodation scenarios from the federal sector in recent years, providing practical tips for implementing successful solutions. It is the second in a series of three monthly federal webcasts being hosted by JAN this winter. Presenters include JAN Principal Consultants Linda Carter Batiste and Beth Loy. Participation is free but registration is required, so reserve your spot today.
Do Ask, Do Tell: Tapping the Power of Disability Diversity & Encouraging Self-Identification
February 18, 2016, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET
In 2014, updates to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act strengthened federal contractors’ responsibilities to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities. One major component of these updates is a requirement that federal contractors invite applicants and employees to voluntarily self-identify. This webinar will address strategies for achieving disability inclusion goals under Section 503 or a voluntarily adopted program by helping employees with disabilities understand the value of doing so.
The newly opened Power Café in Watertown, MA, started as the brainchild of Galit Schwartz, a former software engineer and schoolteacher who noticed a limited number of employment opportunities available for people with disabilities. Through a partnership with Triangle, a Massachussetts-based disability organization, Schwartz developed methods to teach employees with disabilities through food-prep instructions and step-by-step lists. The café now provides full-time work as well as internships for people with disabilities.
Effective Employment Practices: Workplace Flexibility/Customizing the Work Relationship
To maintain a thriving workplace in today’s economy, it is important for employers to consider how best to meet employees’ diverse needs. A key strategy for doing so is workplace flexibility, which can be implemented in many ways. For some employees, it may mean an alternative work schedule, while for others, it may mean telecommuting. Regardless, research shows that instituting such flexible work arrangements benefits employees and employers alike.
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.