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The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) offers information and resources to help employers recruit, hire, retain and advance people with disabilities; build inclusive workplace cultures; and meet diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) goals. 

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    Recruit

    Build a pipeline of talent that includes people with disabilities.

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    Hire

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

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    Retain

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

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    Ensure that employees with disabilities have equal opportunities for advancement.

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Resource Library

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Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)

Review the basics of the ADA. 

Americans with Disabilities Act & Workplace Safety

Learn about the connection between the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) regulations and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Employer Tax Incentives Available from the Federal Government

Learn more about tax incentives offered by the Federal Government to encourage private employers to hire people with disabilities. 

Medical Inquiries

Learn about ADA rules and regulations related to the types of questions employers can ask about an applicant or employee's disability.

Workers’ Compensation

Understand how workers' compensation programs support retention of your workforce. 

Employer Financial Incentives

Learn about federal and state tax incentives to encourage hiring of people with disabilities and support workplace accessibility.

Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA)

Review the basics of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Reasonable Accommodations

Learn how reasonable accommodations help ensure productivity of all employees. 

Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehab Act)

Review the basics of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974

Review the basics of the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974.

Inclusive Hiring: Applicable Laws and Regulations

Learn about federal laws and regulations that impact the hiring process.

Federal Government Employment

Learn about building a disability-inclusive federal workforce. 

Inclusive Retention: Applicable Laws & Regulations

Learn about federal laws and regulations that impact employee retention.

Accommodations and Retention

Learn about the role accommodations play in retaining employees with disabilities.

Inclusive Advancement: Applicable Laws & Regulations

Learn about federal laws and regulations that impact advancement activities.

Accommodations and Advancement

Learn about reasonable accommodations and how they can help employees advance in their careers.

Inclusive Recruitment: Applicable Laws and Regulations

Learn about federal laws and regulations that impact recruitment activities.

Section 503 Best Practices for Federal Contractors

Learn about strategies to help federal contractors meet their obligations under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and recruit, hire, advance and retain workers with disabilities.


Events

The ADA @ 31: A Conversation with Bobby Silverstein and Susan Mazrui

Learn about the role of the business and disability communities in securing enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and core principles of equal opportunity/nondiscrimination articulated in the legislation. The webinar also explores emerging ADA implementation issues, including those related to COVID-19.

Celebrating ADA30: A Discussion on Youth Employment from the ADA Generation

During this webinar, young adults who came of age after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (called the “ADA Generation”) participated in a panel discussion about their experiences in the workplace and offered ideas for best practices employers can use to attract young people with disabilities.

Getting Ahead of the Curve: Ensuring Safe, Healthy and Inclusive Workplaces During the COVID-19 Recovery

This webinar explores 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

This webinar discusses balancing guidance on COVID-19 containment from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


Publications

Summary of Section 501 Rule, As Amended (2017), Requiring Affirmative Action for People With Disabilities in the Federal Government

This EARN policy brief reviews the Rehabilitation Act Section 501 final rule.