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Disability Network 9/20
By: CareerCast.com
The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, formed in September 2014 to map out solutions under the Rehabilitation Act of 2014, released the findings from its two-year study recently. Increasing competitive job opportunities for candidates with disabilities, extending the availability and use of technology that aids employees with disabilities, and improved oversight of hiring and HR practices are among the topics addressed in this study. The full report can be read here . It includes more than 120 pages of information, including recommendations for employers, educators and job seekers with disabilities.more
Companies Seeking Workers With Disabilities
By: CareerCast.com
Employersare actively recruiting workers with disabilities as a way to gain a loyal work force, tap overlooked talent and add diversity. Such efforts could be crucial as more people with physical and mental challenges who attended school after the 1990 passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act reach adulthood. In May, 17.9 percent of people with disabilities had jobs compared with 64.3 percent for those with no impairments, based on unadjusted data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ratio is down from its high of 21 percent in September 2008, during the first year data was kept, and ... more
Recruiting Workers With Disabilities
By: CareerCast.com
The White House announced Feb. 3, 2015, the release of a new resource guide for employers related to the employment of people with disabilities. The guide is a federal interagency effort full of tips on how to legally and proactively recruit, retain and promote workers with disabilities. “We have heard time and time again that employers do not want to visit 10 government websites to access the information they need,” said U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Commissioner Chai Feldblum. “This resource guide is an example of federal agencies coming together to respond to the needs of employers by creating ... more
Q & A: Finding A Job When You Need To Work From Home
By: CareerCast.com
In her column, Janet Fiore from RecruitDisability.org will answer reader questions about the issues they face finding employment. If you have a question, please submit it to: expertadvice@careercast.com Question : I am new to your site, and I am looking at the job postings but can't figure out if any of the employers will permit me to work from home. I am a high-caliber sales person who has sold coffee services and office supplies for more than 30 years. I may be getting laid off from my job soon due to my company being sold. I am bed bound because ... more
Inside Employer Policy For Workers With Disabilities
By: CareerCast.com
A new study looks at how flexible employers are and aren’t when it comes to flex time and “flex place” (working from home or offsite) for people with disabilities. It also shows the percentages of employers that have specific programs for hiring the disabled. The report examines more than 1,000 for-profit (which was about two-thirds of the sample) and non-profit employers with 50 or more employees. ,p> It comes from the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management. READ MORE AT ERE.NETmore
Dept. of Labor Introduces Ambitious Hiring Goals For Candidates With Disabilities
By: CareerCast.com
The federal government wants more people with disabilities to join the workforce. The Department of Labor announced on Aug. 27 a new rule with a lofty goal for the federal government-contractor workforce: 7 percent of its employees should be people with disabilities. That’s higher than the 5.7 percent of people with disabilities in the workplace when measured by a census survey. The Labor Department says it is not demanding that these companies actually have a workforce made up of 7 percent of people with disabilities. Instead, it has an “aspirational utilization goal” to “give contractors a yardstick against which they ... more
Follow ADA Guidelines By Properly Describing Job Openings
By: CareerCast.com
Did you know you need to update your job descriptions because of the Americans with Disabilities Act? This is a friendly reminder. Just because your job description might say what an employee is supposed to do, it doesn’t mean that’s what your employee actually does. And, in an Americans with Disabilities Act case, here’s why that matters. In Shell v. Smith, the plaintiff worked for a transit system for 12 years as a Mechanic’s Helper. The job description for the position stated that the Mechanic’s Helper may occasionally drive buses. However, Shell had hearing and vision impairments, which precluded him ... more
Why Employment and Disability Are No Longer Like Fire and Water
By: CareerCast.com
Disability and employment are two words that have not historically fit so well together. Yet, more and more people with a disability are finding meaningful employment in part because of beneficial laws and more public exposure and information about disabilities. Here are some facts you should know if you are looking for disability employment opportunities. Disabled job seekers are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. This federal civil rights law was designed to protect disabled individuals from discrimination, and enable them to participate in all aspects of society. This law makes disability and employment aspects of ... more
Employment For Candidates With Disabilities Boosts The Entire Workforce
By: CareerCast.com
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. As a nonprofit supporting people with disabilities, we promote its significance to the community. Many individuals have employment as a goal, and we address their aspiration by connecting people to local employers, and by employing people with disabilities directly. The key word this month is awareness. Though people with disabilities have made great strides in entering the workforce, there are still many challenges to address. In the United States, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities remains over 70 percent. In fact, 27 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities live in poverty, compared ... more
American Job Centers Expand Opportunities
By: CareerCast.com
As the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act coming into law approaches, the Department of Labor is working to expand the reach of American Job Centers, the DoL blog reports . "American Job Centers are essential to delivering on the promise of the ADA because they’re the ones on the front lines assisting people who are seeking employment," writes Tania Mejia for the DoL. With passage of the Final Rule in September 2013, and implementation beginning in March 2014, employers are more invested in extending equal employment opportunities to candidates with disabilities than ever before. The Final Rule ... more