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June 20, 2018
In this Issue: SHRM Conference, Intelligence Recruitment Summit & More
EARN at SHRM
Earlier this week, SHRM was pleased to bring its experience and insight into disability inclusion at the 2018 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference and Exposition in Chicago. At the event, EARN joined forces with other Office of Disability Employment Policy-funded technical assistance centers, including the Job Accommodation Network and Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology, to answer questions and listen to SHRM members about their successes and challenges related to disability and employment at their companies. Learn about SHRM’s disability initiatives.
Intelligence Community Recruitment Summit
Last week, EARN was pleased to speak at the Intelligence Community Recruitment Summit in Bethesda, Maryland, an annual event focused on hiring skilled, diverse individuals for the nation’s intelligence agencies. EARN National Project Director Brett Sheats and Consultant Derek Shields joined Michael Murray and Akinyemi Banjo from the Office of Disability Employment Policy to present on creating a welcoming environment for employees with disabilities, as well as facilitate two breakout sessions, one on recruitment and the other on career advancement. Learn more about disability inclusion in the Federal Government.
Responding to an Employee’s Serious Illness
A recent article published by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) explored the human resource (HR) professional’s role in responding to an employee’s disclosure of serious illness, such as cancer or heart disease, and how it differs from that of line managers. According to the article, it is important is to continuously emphasize HR’s value and position it as a resource for both managers and colleagues in crisis situations, which requires talking and listening in order to build strong, trusting relationships with both management and staff. Read the SHRM article.
June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month – and thus an opportune time to learn how to best accommodate and support people with PTSD and other trauma- and stressor-related disorders, including veterans with disabilities. The Job Accommodation Network offers a range of resources to help employers learn more about PTSD and its symptoms, as well as find practical accommodation solutions for specific workplace situations. Learn about accommodation ideas for people with PTSD or get PTSD Awareness Month materials for use in the workplace.
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An archived version of EARN’s May webinar, “Hiring and Keeping the Best: Creating Effective Talent Acquisition and Retention Processes,” is now available for anyone unable to participate live. In this webinar, representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, Capital One, PwC and the UC San Diego Rady Center for Executive Development discussed steps organizations can take to recruit and retain individuals with disabilities.
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June 21, 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET
Virtual Talk: Facebook and the Accessible Workplace
In this installment of the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology’s (PEAT) monthly PEAT Talks series, Facebook’s Director of Accessibility Jeff Weiland and Director of Global Public Policy Monica Desai will discuss why and how the company has made accessibility a priority and provide an overview of accessibility features on Facebook as well as its popular enterprise collaboration software, Workplace. Learn more about the PEAT Talk.
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Apprenticeships are on the rise due to employer demand and proven results, and a June 2017 Executive Order called for the nationwide expansion of registered apprenticeship programs. To support these goals, the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology and information technology apprenticeship intermediary Apprenti are working together to ensure disability inclusion in technology sector apprenticeship programs.
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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.