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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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    Ensure that employees with disabilities have equal opportunities for advancement.

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Resource Library

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Hire (& Keep) the Best: Talent Acquisition & Retention Processes

Learn about effective policies and process for hiring and retaining employees with disabilities as part of overall effort to meet organizational diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) goals.  

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).

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

Learn how disability-focused employee groups can help support workplace inclusion.

Workers’ Compensation

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

Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA)

Review the basics of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Mentoring

Mentoring is an effective strategy to promote retention and advancement of employees with disabilities.

Stay at Work/Return to Work

Learn how employers can use stay at work/return to work programs as a retention strategy.

RETAIN

Disability inclusion is about more than hiring; it also means taking steps to retain the talents of valued employees with disabilities

Accommodations and Retention

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

Inclusive Retention: Applicable Laws & Regulations

Learn about federal laws and regulations that impact employee retention.

Creating Inclusive Workplaces

Explore strategies for fostering a supportive and inclusive workplace culture.

Retention Strategies

Explore strategies to help retain employees with disabilities.

Measuring Progress

Track and review data to ensure your workplace is retaining employees with disabilities.

Retention in Action: Case Studies

Read about companies’ efforts to ensure they retain employees with disabilities.

Older Workers

Learn about effective strategies that help older workers stay on the job. 

Workplace Flexibility

Learn about the role of workplace flexibility in retention of people with disabilities.  

Self-Paced Trainings: Strategies for Disability Inclusion

Explore EARN's training series on disability inclusion in the workplace.

Federal Government Employment

Learn about building a disability-inclusive federal workforce. 

EO 14035 Resources

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal Workforce Info Center

Major Components of the Government-wide Strategic Plan to Advance DEIA in the Federal Workplace

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal Workforce Info Center

Major Components of EO 14035

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal Workforce Info Center

EO 14035 Info Center

Learn more about Executive Order (EO) 14035: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal Government, and find tools to help your agency implement the EO's requirements.

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.


Employer Profiles

Inclusion in Action: Google Cloud Launches New Autism Hiring Program

Inclusion in Action Spotlight: Google recently established a new initiative to recruit and retain employees on the autism spectrum for its Google Cloud services.

Social & Scientific Systems: Investing in a Valued Employee

Employer Case Study: Read about a Social & Scientific Systems employee who returned to work after a spinal cord injury.

Lockheed Martin: Customizing Accommodations Results in Increased Productivity for All

Employer Case Study: Learn how providing customized accommodations for employees with disabilities results in improved productivity at Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin: Making a Small Investment to Retain Talent

Employer Case Study: Retention strategies help Lockheed Martin keep a valued employee.

Deloitte: Retaining a High Performing Employee Through Workplace Accommodations

Employer Case Study: Learn how a small monetary investment helped a high performing employee return to work after developing a physical disability.

Microsoft: Making the Move to Remote Work

Employer Case Study: Find out how Microsoft ensured its shift to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic was inclusive of employees and candidates with disabilities. 

PepsiCo: Every Mind Enabled

Employer Case Study: Learn about PepsiCo's efforts to create more diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible workplaces and support employee mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PepsiCo Video Case Studies

This video series highlights PepsiCo's work in creating an inclusive workplace, including addressing public safety and mental health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Lessons Learned: Accommodating and Retaining Educators with Disabilities

Find out about the role workplace accommodations play in retaining teachers with disabilities.


Events

Digital Accessibility: Driving Disability Inclusion in the Workplace

This webinar explores technological challenges that can impact job candidates and employees with disabilities and steps employers can take to evaluate and enhance their communication systems and training platforms to create workplaces where everyone has the tools needed for success.   

Disability-Inclusive Workplace Culture: Building it to Last

This webinar explores how leading companies build and sustain disability-inclusive cultures.

Telework In Action: A Disability Inclusion Practice Whose Time Has Arrived

Learn how to ensure your organization's telework policies and procedures are accessible and inclusive for all employees, including those with disabilities.

Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace

In this webinar, EARN and Merck share strategies to cultivate a culture of resilience and wellness throughout your organization.

Supporting Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing: The Importance of an Individualized Approach

This webinar, with introduction by U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, explores ways employers can proactively support the mental health needs of their employees to create inclusive, productive work environments.

Hiring and Supporting Neurodivergent Workers: Strategies for Success

Learn about strategies employers can use to attract and retain neurodivergent employees.

Retaining Valued Employees with Disabilities: The Importance of Performance Coaching and Management

Learn about effective strategies people managers can use to support and empower their employees with disabilities when engaging in coaching and performance dialogues.


Publications

Hiring and Keeping the Best: Creating Effective Talent Acquisition and Retention Processes

Centralized Accommodation Programs (CAP) in Practice

This checklist provides an overview of the essential components of a centralized accommodation program.

Increasing Disability Inclusion: Centralized Accommodation Programs as a Best Practice

Learn how centralized accommodation programs (CAPs) consolidate accommodation services and funding to improve outcomes for workers with disabilities.

Professional Development and Advancement of Employees with Disabilities

The research brief explores effective strategies for retaining and advancing employees with disabilities. 

Disability-Inclusive COVID-19 Workplace Health and Safety Plans

This policy brief explores components of disability-inclusive COVID-19 health and safety plans.

Workplace Mental Health Literature Review

This literature review conducted by the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business explores effective workplace mental health interventions.

Working Well: Leading a Mentally Healthy Business

This guide from the Center for Workplace Mental Health provides information and resources to help employers develop mentally healthy workplaces. This is a supplemental resource from the Mental Health Toolkit.

Employer’s Guide to Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)

This guide from the Center for Prevention and Health Services provides information for employers about creating and growing EAPs to support employee mental health and wellbeing. This is a supplemental resource from the Mental Health Toolkit.

Employee Assistance Programs for a New Generation of Employees

This guide from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) explores strategies for using EAPs to address the mental health needs of younger workers.

Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace (Learning Guide)

Read the companion piece to EARN's webinar “Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace,” which took place on March 11, 2021. Learn how employers can help support employee wellbeing.

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs): The Business Value

This report from the Employee Assistance Society of North America (EASNA) explores the business value of EAPs. This is a supplemental resource from the Mental Health Toolkit.

Planning Accessible ERG Events

Learn how to make sure events held by your organization's employee resource groups (ERGs) are accessible for all employees.

Absence and Disability Management Policies

Learn more about employee absenteeism, its causes and how to manage it. 

Talking About Inclusion@Work: Hire (and Keep) the Best

Learn how hiring and retaining employees with disabilities supports workplace diversity and inclusion.

Planning an Accessible Meeting or Event

This checklist outlines steps to take to ensure the accessibility of online or in-person meetings or events.

Planning an Accessible Training

This checklist helps organizations plan trainings that are accessible for workers with disabilities.

Covid-19 and Remote Work: Findings from a Focus Group of NILG Members

Overview of the experiences and perspectives of employers related to remote work and employees with disabilities during the Covid-19 pandemic. Information was gathered from focus groups with employer members of the National Industry Liaison Group (NILG).

Covid-19 and Performance Management of Employees with Disabilities: Findings from a Focus Group of NILG Members

Overview of the experiences and perspectives of employers related to performance management of employees with disabilities during the Covid-19 pandemic. Information was gathered from focus groups with employer members of the National Industry Liaison Group (NILG).

Establishing and Maintaining Successful Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

This toolkit offers information on how to start, implement and maintain disability-focused ERGs to support your organization's diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) efforts.

Fostering Disability-Inclusive Workplaces Through Employee Resource Groups

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are considered an exemplary practice that businesses can leverage to foster a culture of inclusion. This fact sheet explores how ERGs can benefit employees and employers alike.

Mentally Healthy Workplaces Checklist

This checklist reviews the 4 A's of a mental health-friendly workplace.  

Adopting an Integrated Telework Policy for Employees With and Without Disabilities

This policy brief provides a framework for adopting an integrated telework policy that is inclusive of all employees, including people with disabilities. 

Exploring the Possibilities: Disability-Inclusive Hybrid Work Models

Learn about developing and implementing hybrid work models that are equitable and accessible for all employees, including people with disabilities.