ODEP Invites Employers and Other Interested Stakeholders to Participate in an Online Employer Dialogue — September 9-11, 2013

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) will host an online dialogue entitled “Employers: What Can We Do? Join the Conversation for Change” on September 9-11, 2013. Employers, human resource and diversity professionals, and other stakeholders can join the conversation to assist in shaping federal strategies for helping employers create a diverse workforce through the recruitment, hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities. Participants can submit ideas and comments and/or vote on others’ ideas and comments using an online crowdsourcing tool, available from September 9 at 8:00 AM EDT through September 11 at 11:59 PM EDT. The Employer Dialogue is being facilitated through ODEP’s ePolicyWorks initiative and will be moderated by ODEP’s Employer Policy team.

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Offers Webinars on the Final Rules for VEVRAA and Section 503

The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is offering two webinars on the recently announced final rules updating requirements under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The new VEVRAA rules require contractors to create and monitor benchmarks related to the employment of protected veterans, and the Section 503 rules introduce a hiring goal that 7% of individuals in each job group within contractor organizations be qualified individuals with disabilities. The webinar on VEVRAA will be held on September 11, 2:00-4:00 PM EDT; the webinar on Section 503 will be held September 18, 2:00-4:00 PM EDT.

Job Accommodation Network Updates “Low Cost, High Impact” Publication

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has released its annual Accommodation and Compliance Series publication, “Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact.” The study, based on interviews with employers who have used JAN’s services, consistently shows that the benefits employers receive from making workplace accommodations far outweigh the low cost. The employers in the study reported that a high percentage (58%) of accommodations cost absolutely nothing to make, while the rest typically cost only $500.

Social Security Administration to Host Webinar on “Ticket to Work: Support Services for Young Adults in Transition” — September 12, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT

The Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work program will present a Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar titled “Ticket to Work: Free Support Services for Young Adults in Transition.” This session is ideal for young people 18 years or older who receive disability benefits and are interested in tips, tools and resources that will help make the transition to employment a smoother one. The free webinar, to be presented September 12, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT, will provide an overview of the Ticket to Work program and will discuss various resources and Work Incentives for achieving employment and financial independence. Topics to be addressed include the Student Earned Income Exclusion, the Plan to Achieve Self Support (PASS), and Section 301 Continuing Benefits.

Join the Federal Disability Workforce Consortium “News Hour” Webinar — September 19, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT

The Federal Disability Workforce Consortium (FDWC) will host its “News Hour” webinar on September 19 from 2:00-3:00 PM EDT. This webinar will focus on Emergency Readiness, and will explore some of the methods the Department of Labor has developed to make sure that everyone — including people with disabilities — can safely evacuate during an emergency. Other topics addressed will be preparedness, emergency evacuation, communication, and some of the new practices being developed by emergency managers and individuals with disabilities.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases Youth Employment Rate Numbers for August 2013

Employment data for youth with and without disabilities is obtained from the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly survey of households conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For more information, go to www.dol.gov/odep.