Assistant Secretary Martinez Featured in Unite Magazine

Unite magazine, a bi-monthly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) business publication, featured Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez in an article “Working Together to Promote Inclusive Workplaces” in its October/November issue. Martinez talked about National Disability Employment Awareness Month, saying “A strong workforce is an inclusive workforce.” The article discussed the connections between the disability community and the LGBT community, particularly in the area of employment.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Time-Limited Non-Enforcement Policy for the Home Care Final Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Final Rule amending regulations regarding domestic service employment, 78 FR 60454, October 1, 2013, which extends Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) protections to most home care workers, will become effective on January 1, 2015. DOL has published a Federal Register Notice announcing that it will adopt a time-limited non-enforcement policy regarding the Final Rule. For six months, from January 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015, DOL will not bring enforcement actions against any employer who fails to comply with an FLSA obligation newly imposed by the rule. During the subsequent six months, from July 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, DOL will exercise its discretion in determining whether to bring enforcement actions, giving strong consideration to the extent to which states and other entities have made good faith efforts to bring their home care programs into FLSA compliance. Throughout 2015, DOL will continue to provide intensive technical assistance to the community.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Posters Appear in Washington, DC Metro Stations

The 2014 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) posters are showing up at various Metro stations throughout the Washington, DC area. You can find them at the Archives, Benning Road, Capitol Heights, Cheverly, and Cleveland Park stations. If you spy one, take a photo and tweet it using #NDEAM!

Nominations Due October 14, 2014 for Participation in Advisory Committee on Competitive Integrated Employment

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities is a key part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which was signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2014 to help job seekers — including those with disabilities — access the services they need to succeed in employment and match employers with skilled workers. The committee is mandated by Section 609 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by section 461 of WIOA. The committee consists of both federal officials and private citizens from specific groups identified in the WIOA legislation. People interested in being nominated for the committee are encouraged to review the Federal Register Notice and submit the requested information by October 14, 2014. Questions about the committee can be submitted via e-mail to IntegratedCompetitiveEmployment@dol.gov. For further details visit the Advisory Committee web page.

U.S. Department of Labor’s Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research Includes Disability Employment Policy Topic Area

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR) is designed to make research on labor topics more accessible to practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and the general public so that it can inform their decisions about labor policies and programs. CLEAR now features a Disability Employment Policy topic area that focuses on research determining which programs have been most effective at improving direct labor market outcomes such as employment and earnings; improving education and health status, which may affect a person’s ability to work; and decreasing federal disability.

Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma Presents Webinar on Culturally Specific Approaches to Trauma and Domestic Violence — October 27, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT

Research has shown that the impact of experiencing multiple forms of trauma and abuse throughout one’s lifetime is significantly higher among multiracial, African American, Latina, Asian and Pacific Islander and Native American/Alaska Native women. This webinar will feature speakers from national and culturally specific community-based organizations who will discuss key considerations for implementing trauma-informed domestic violence services as they relate to the ethnic, racial, cultural, and lingual diversity of victims of domestic violence from underserved and historically marginalized communities. The webinar will highlight culturally specific trauma-informed approaches to both individual and collective trauma, violence, and abuse as well as a framework for thinking about trauma in the context of cumulative burden, ongoing risk and coercive control.