Assistant Secretary Martinez Speaks at M-Enabling Summit

On June 6, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez spoke as part of a panel at the M-Enabling Global Summit on Accessible Technology, which drew nearly 500 mobile technology industry leaders from more than 40 countries. Her remarks highlighted the role mobile technology is playing in the workplace and emphasized the importance of making mobile communications work for users of all abilities.

Assistant Secretary Martinez Applauds Enforcement Actions to Protect Workers with Disabilities

In a June 14 blog post, Assistant Secretary Martinez lauded a decision by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) to revoke special minimum wage certificates issued to a Rhode Island disability services provider and require retroactive fair payment for workers with disabilities whose rights were willfully violated. After its investigation, WHD also referred the case to the U.S. Department of Justice, which in turn announced an interim settlement to redress related violations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which entitles people with significant disabilities to receive publicly funded services in community-based, integrated settings.


Webinar Demonstrates Disability Employment Tabulation

Last week, more than 400 participants participated in a webinar hosted by ODEP and the Census Bureau to demonstrate how to access data from the Disability Employment Tabulation, which was released in March of this year. Sponsored by DOL, the Disability Employment Tabulation draws on three years of data from the American Community Survey to assist in formulating effective education, research and other policy initiatives to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities.


LEAD Center to Present Webinar on Group Discovery – June 26, 3:00 – 4:30 PM EDT

The LEAD Center will present a webinar on June 26 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM EDT titled “Promoting Employment — Group Discovery: An Alternative Assessment Tool for Workforce Centers and Community-Based Providers.” Group Discovery is an alternative tool for identifying the strengths of job seekers with and without disabilities, especially those with multiple barriers to employment. Participants will learn about the Group Discovery process and potential outcomes.


Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) to Host Webinar on Building and Inclusive Culture – June 27, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN), in partnership with the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN), will host a free webinar on June 27 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EDT titled “Lead the Way: Building an Inclusive Business Culture.” This webinar will present strategies for internally communicating an organization’s commitment to a diverse workforce inclusive of people with disabilities. Educational materials will be shared, and HR Certification Institute (HRCI) credits will be available.