For more information, go to www.dol.gov/odep.
Department of Labor Releases Section 188 WIOA Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Regulations NPRM Discussion Video
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center (CRC) has announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) updating the Section 188 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Regulations (29 CFR Part 38). The proposed rule would increase equality of opportunity for the millions of job applicants, training participants, program beneficiaries, and funding recipients’ employees who interact with the workforce development system each year. This video explains Section 188, highlights the important changes proposed in the NPRM, and solicits comments from the public. The comment period for the NPRM closes on March 28, 2016.
LEAD Center Publishes Policy Brief on Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Summary Review of the DOL Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, from a Disability Perspective
On January 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) implementing the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Section 188 of WIOA prohibits discrimination under Title I because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief. This policy brief from the LEAD Center provides a summary of the NPRM from a disability perspective.
Fourth Employment First Technical Brief Issued by LEAD Center
The Office of Disability Employment Policy and the LEAD Center have released the fourth Employment First Technical Brief. The four-part series is for anyone working to implement Employment First in their state, region or agency. “Technical Brief #4: Federal Resources Available to Support State Employment First Efforts” provides state governments and external stakeholders with information about federal funding resources and technical assistance available to further state Employment First systems change efforts.
ODEP Launches State Policy Web Page
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has launched a new web page on State Policy. The page focuses on ODEP’s efforts to influence state-level policy impacting the employment of people with disabilities. Programs highlighted include Employment First, the State Exchange on Employment and Disability (SEED), and States as Model Employers.
Latest EARN Newsletter Now Available
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) has issued its February 17 newsletter, featuring information on building the talent pipeline in the Department of Defense, Disability.gov’s search for stories on how people have used the website, the employment of veterans, future webinars, and more.