For more information, go to www.dol.gov/odep.
Enroll for Health Care Coverage Now – Deadline January 31
Only a few days remain before the January 31 deadline to enroll in health care coverage for 2016 through HealthCare.gov. Remember that insurers cannot refuse to sell you a plan or charge you more just because you have a preexisting condition such as HIV, cancer, or any other disability. If you have questions about signing up or want to talk through your options with a trained professional, free help is just a call or click away. Representatives at the Call Center are available 24 hours a day, every day at 1–800–318–2596. Call Center representatives can answer questions and help you enroll in coverage over the phone. Free, confidential, in-person help is also available at enrollment sites and events in communities across the nation. Visit LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov to search for local help in your neighborhood. Follow @HealthCareGov and @HHSgov on Twitter, and HealthCare.gov and HHS on Facebook.
Job Seekers and Employees with Disabilities Need Better Accessible Transportation Technology
In a January 28 U.S. Department of Labor blog post, Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, reflected on the importance of accessible transportation to the employment of people with disabilities. She discussed the Department of Transportation’s new Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI), which focuses on research to improve the mobility of people with disabilities through the use of intelligent transportation. “The recent innovation in wayfinding and other technologies has greatly enhanced the ability of millions of Americans with mobility challenges to get to and from their jobs – but we aren’t done yet,” said Sheehy.
DOL Issues WIOA Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Proposed Rule
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center (CRC) has announced publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to update the federal regulations for Section 188 WIOA Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Regulations (29 CFR Part 38). Section 188 of WIOA prohibits the exclusion of an individual from participation in, denial of the benefits of, discrimination in, or denial of employment in the administration of or in connection with, any programs and activities funded or otherwise financially assisted in whole or in part under Title I of WIOA because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief, and for beneficiaries only, citizenship status, or participation in a program or activity that receives financial assistance under Title I of WIOA. These proposed regulations would update the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations consistent with current law and address its application to current workforce development and workplace practices and issues. Public comments on the proposed regulations must be received on or before March 28, 2016. Instructions for submitting comments can be found in the NPRM in the Federal Register.
ePolicyWorks Accessible Transportation Twitter Chat Rescheduled for Monday, February 1, 2:00–3:00 PM ET
The ePolicyWorks inaugural Twitter chat is rescheduled for Monday, February 1, 2:00–3:00 PM ET. Join this real-time Twitter chat on the current state of accessible transportation by following and tagging your posts with the hashtag #ePWchat. Participants are encouraged to share their accessible transportation experiences and provide insights on what improvements must be made. After the event, we invite you to continue the conversation by returning to the “Breaking Down Employment Barriers with Accessible Transportation Innovation” Online Dialogue, hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI), which will run through February 12. The results of this crowdsourcing event will be used to help federal policymakers transform the future of transportation, whether it involves connected and automated vehicles, on-demand operations, virtual concierge travel assistance through mobile devices, assistive robots, or other innovations.
JAN Archives Best Practices Webcast on Addressing Workplace Harassment – Employer’s Responsibilities
Harassment is a form of discrimination that violates the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and other laws. There is some evidence that people with disabilities may be at increased risk of workplace harassment. This January 12 webcast from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provided information to help employers and others recognize the various types of workplace harassment and what steps to take to prevent and correct this unlawful harassment. Speakers included Jeffrey Daniels, PhD., West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services, Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Counseling Psychology, Department Chair, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology; and Dexter R. Brooks, Associate Director of Office of Federal Operations, Federal Sector Programs, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) State of the Practice, Innovation, and Assessment of Research Webinar — February 2, 1:00–2:30 PM ET
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will host a free public webinar on February 2, 1:00–2:30 PM ET, to review the recently completed State of the Practice and Innovation scan reports as well as the Assessment of Relevant Research document for the USDOT’s Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI). The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Public Transportation (RERC–APT), funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), will share the results of the State of Practice Scan, Innovation Scan, and Assessment of Relevant Research documents, using specific examples from accessible transportation or related fields of how the relevant methods, practices, and technologies can meet the needs of transportation users of all abilities. The Assessment of Relevant Research includes recommendations regarding key opportunities on emerging technologies relative to accessible transportation. The USDOT will also provide a brief update on the status of the overall ATTRI program and next steps.
DOL Office of Apprenticeship Seeks Nominees for Secretary of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship
The Office of Apprenticeship in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration is accepting nominations for new members of the Secretary of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA). The ACA’s mission is to provide advice and recommendations on the development and implementation of policies, legislation, and regulations affecting Registered Apprenticeship. The organization also provides a diversity of perspectives with members representing employer, labor, and public sectors. Interested parties may submit nominations no later than February 17 to email@example.com with the subject line “ACA nomination.” All submissions must include a letter of support and the individual’s bio and resume.