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

Secretary of Labor Names WIOA Advisory Committee Members

On January 6, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced the 17 public members who will serve on the new Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, a key provision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). “Employing people with disabilities is a win-win for workers, employers and the entire community,” said Secretary Perez. “This is sound public policy, and the advisory committee will help us expand opportunities for more people with disabilities.” The committee’s first meeting will take place January 22 and 23, 2015 at the U.S. Access Board in Washington, D.C.

Webinar to Address Creating Resilient, Safe Workplaces – January 27, 3:00-4:30 PM EST

Research indicates that welcoming and safe workplaces that offer work-life balance and take precautions against violent behavior are beneficial to employers’ bottom lines through increased employee productivity, health and engagement. On January 27, 2015 from 3:00-4:30 PM EST, ODEP’s Employer TA Center, in coordination with the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma, will host a webinar titled Creating Resilient Workplaces: Safe Space Leads to Engaged, Productive Workers. This webinar will feature expert speakers from Federal and federally funded technical assistance centers who will discuss key considerations for implementing safe and productive workplaces. It will also highlight how fostering such workplaces—ones where employees feel comfortable disclosing disabilities and health concerns without fear, stigma or worry—allows all employees to receive the productivity tools (also known as reasonable accommodations) and supports they need to optimize their performance and deliver on the job.

ODEP’s ePolicyWorks Wins Ideascale Best Engagement Strategy Award

Ideascale has named the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) as the 2014 winner of their Best Engagement Strategy Award for its ePolicyWorks online collaboration tools, including their series of national online dialogues. During the past year, ODEP has launched seven dialogues addressing a number of issues related to disability employment, including improving accessibility in workplace social media, engaging employers in hiring people with disabilities, improving access to transportation for veterans with disabilities, and finding ways to encourage young people with disabilities to pursue careers in STEM. These dialogues enable ODEP to efficiently enlist the public’s input on key policy issues related to the employment of people with disabilities by channeling the brainpower of its federal partners, nonprofits, advocacy groups and other stakeholders.

Job Accommodation Network Releases Just-in-Time Training Module on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has released a new Just-in-Time Training Module on providing reasonable accommodations to employees with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This module is comprised of a slide show with transcript and handouts, and provides information on PTSD, the limitations in the workplace that may be associated with it, and effective accommodations that can be provided to help employees be more successful.

LEAD Center Publishes Quarterly E-newsletter LEAD On!

The LEAD Center published its quarterly e-newsletter LEAD On! which highlights news and innovations in employment, policy, and economic advancement for people with disabilities. Included in this edition are articles on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, as well as a profile of one of LEAD’s partners, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.