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About EARN

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) is a free resource that helps employers tap the benefits of disability diversity by educating public- and private-sector organizations on ways to build inclusive workplace cultures.

Getting Started

Start here to learn how to recruit, hire, retain and advance people with disabilities — and how EARN’s resources can help.

    Phases of Employment

  • Recruit

    Build a pipeline of talent that includes people with disabilities.

  • Hire

    Identify people who have the skills and attributes for the job.

  • Retain

    Keep talented employees with disabilities, including those who acquire them on the job.

  • Advance

    Ensure that employees with disabilities have equal opportunities for advancement.

News & Events

EARN makes it easy to stay up-to-date on disability employment news and information. Start by subscribing to our e-blasts and monthly e-newsletter, which will connect you to upcoming events, developing news and promising practices in the world of disability diversity and inclusion. And don’t forget to follow EARN on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

COVID-19 Workplace Resources and Tools

The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented changes and challenges to the American workplace, for employers and employees alike. The resources below can help employers protect the health and safety of their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as during the recovery. Using these resources, employers can better understand the intersection between the pandemic and disability policies and practices for creating inclusive workplaces.

EARN COVID-19 Resources

EARN Publications

Employer COVID-19 Response Stories

  • CVS Health: Highlights the company’s efforts to support current employees and onboard new staff to meet increased workforce needs.
  • EY: Describes the company’s commitment to supporting employee mental health and ensuring a disability-inclusive response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Merck: Explains how having existing mental health and wellbeing programs in place has proven beneficial in responding to employees’ needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newsletter

Webinars

  • Getting Ahead of the Curve: Ensuring Safe, Healthy and Inclusive Workplaces During the COVID-19 Recovery (April 30, 2021): Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) discuss ways employers can ensure safe and healthy workplaces for all workers, including those with disabilities, during the COVID-19 recovery.
  • The ADA at Work: Considerations for COVID-19 (April 1, 2020): Features a discussion about balancing guidance on COVID-19 containment from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

COVID-19, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), & Other Laws & Regulations

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Resources: The EEOC offers information and guidance on disability employment related topics and COVID-19. These resources relate to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination and Employment Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. In addition, it has information on confidentiality of medical information, disability-related inquiries and medical exams, hiring and onboarding, reasonable accommodation, return to the workplace, and vaccinations.

Job Accommodation Network Resources: The U.S. Department of Labor-funded Job Accommodation Network’s (JAN) COVID-19 webpage offers compliance assistance and practical job accommodation strategies for returning individuals with disabilities to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other JAN resources include:

Telework as an Accommodation

Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Resources on Telework:

Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology Resources on Telework: The U.S. Department of Labor-funded Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) offers resources on telework and technological accessibility.

Supporting Employee Mental Health During COVID-19

  • EARN’s Mental Health Toolkit: Offers resources that can help employers learn more about mental health issues and cultivate a welcoming and supportive work environment for employees who may be facing mental health issues, during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
  • Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Coronavirus (COVID-19), Stress, and Mental Health Conditions: A blog post that recognizes that temporary accommodations may help all employees who are feeling increased stress and facing personal difficulties at this time. The blog provides information on the ADA and the coronavirus as well as accommodation compliance.
  • U.S. Department of Labor COVID-19 Quick Employment Tips: Mental Health: This 30-second video discusses supporting workers’ mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Workplace Health & Safety

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): OSHA offers resources to help employers and workers prepare for and respond to COVID-19 in the workplace.

  • COVID-19 Resources Webpage: Contains OSHA requirements, guidance and information for implementing COVID-19 procedures to prevent exposure, infection and spreading in the workplace.
  • Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace: Guidance was issued on January 29, 2021 and updated on June 10, 2021. It is intended to help employers and workers identify COVID-19 exposure risks to workers who are unvaccinated or otherwise at-risk, and help them take appropriate steps to prevent exposure and infection.
  • Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19: A series of questions and answers related to the workplace and the COVID-19 pandemic, including information on cleaning and disinfecting, safety in the construction industry, personal protective equipment, and more.
  • Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19: Contains advisory recommendations and descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards to help employers prepare workplaces for COVID-19 to reduce the impact of the outbreak conditions on businesses, workers, customers, and the public.
  • Guidance on Controlling and Preventing COVID-19 at Work: General guidance to inform all U.S. workers and employers about ways to control and prevent COVID-19, including guidance for low-risk and high-risk job tasks, conducting health screenings, identifying and isolating suspected cases, and more.
  • Guidance for Employers on Returning to Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Helps employers to develop and implement strategies for basic hygiene, social distancing, identification and isolation of sick employees, workplace controls and flexibilities and employee training as employees return to work.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Provides guidance to employers and others about people who may be at increased risk of COVID-19, including those with certain health conditions. It also suggests precautions and workplace safety during the pandemic.

Executive Orders: Executive Orders related to worker health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other Federal Government Resources

The White House

In January 2021, the White House issued a “National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness, “which outlines seven goals to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including protecting workers through stronger worker safety guidance and providing support to safely re-open businesses. In addition, the National Strategy recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has “exposed and exacerbated severe and pervasive health inequities among communities defined by, among other things, race, ethnicity, disability, and geography” and calls for the establishment of a COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. To further the National Strategy, the White House issued the following Executive Orders:

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S Department of Justice

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