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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
Jobs for Military Vets with Disabilities a Hot Topic
By: CareerCast.com
When it comes to careers for the disabled, and jobs for people with disabilities, there is a lot going on to generate support and action. For those people with a disability looking for jobs, there are numerous resources giving attention to the field, the requirements and the potential. Jobs for people with disabilities is a hot topic, and here are six tips to focus on that should lead to job placement. 1) Know The Americans With Disabilities "Amendment Act" The first section of the act deals with private employers as well as state and local governments, employment agencies and labor ... more
National Disability Month Facts and Figures
By: CareerCast.com
National Disability Employment Awareness Month each October recognizes the societal and workforce contributions of people with disabilities. Congress designated in 1945 the first “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week”; the word “physically” was removed in 1962 to allow for the inclusion of all Americans with disabilities. In 1988, the week was extended to a month and changed its name to “National Disability Employment Awareness Month.” To learn more, click on the images below via DiversityInc.com:more
25 Years Of The Americans With Disabilities Act
By: CareerCast.com
The Americans With Disabilities Act was passed into law 25 years ago, on July 26, 1990. In a quarter-century of the law, designed in part to tear down barriers of discrimination that kept candidates with disabilities from obtaining positions, the marketplace has made progress. Google is putting a spotlight on the law's passage , as well as some of the leading figures in the fight for fair employment regulations and opportunities. However, there's still plenty more employers can do to improve the outlook for those with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Labor's 2014 findings said, "Unemployment rates were higher for ... more
Jobs for Disabled Americans Still Tough to Find, Yet…
By: CareerCast.com
While the anti-discrimination laws put in place in the 1990s should have made it easier for individuals with disabilities to get and keep jobs, the sad fact is that finding jobs for disabled individuals is hard. Individuals with disabilities have lower rates of employment than those in the general population. According to data from 2002, 56% percent of individuals between the ages of 21 and 64 who had some form of disability were employed. Of those between the ages of 21 and 64 who didn't have some form of disability, that number was 88%. Acknowledging that there aren't many jobs ... more