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U.S. Department of Labor Announces Final Rules to Improve Employment of People with Disabilities and Veterans

The U.S. Department of Labor issued two final rules to improve the employment of people with disabilities and veterans. The rules update requirements under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. These laws require federal contractors and subcontractors to affirmatively recruit, hire, train and promote qualified people with disabilities and veterans, respectively. Enforced by the Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the rules will become effective 180 days after their publication in the Federal Register.

Treasure Island Job Corps Center Welcomes Assistant Secretary Martinez to Graduation Ceremony

Addressing graduates, families, friends and faculty at the August 23 graduation ceremony at the Treasure Island Job Corps Center in San Francisco, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez spoke about her experiences growing up with a disability, and the people who influenced and supported her in achieving her goals. Martinez encouraged graduates to challenge low expectations, aspire for greatness and lead by example, and to seek out mentors and act as mentors for others.

ODEP Signs Memorandum of Agreement with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, and Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), signed a Memorandum of Agreement between their organizations on August 26. The collaboration will focus on advancing the employment of people with disabilities and helping them achieve financial security. Said Martinez, “Through this agreement we will ensure that those most at risk of abusive financial practices have access to the resources they need to make informed financial choices.”

U.S. Census Bureau Offers Webinar on the American Community Survey — September 4, 1:00-2:30 PM EDT

The U.S. Census Bureau will host a webinar on September 4, 1:00-2:30 PM EDT, called “Introduction to the American Community Survey.” Participants will learn about the detailed demographic, social, economic, and housing statistics that the American Community Survey (ACS) provides for every community every year. The webinar will also highlight the basics of the yearly estimates and datasets produced from the ACS, resources available on the Census Bureau website, and how to access statistical products via American FactFinder.