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EARN Webinar — Reaffirming the Commitment: Understanding the Proposed Changes to Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act — April 14, 2:00-3:30 PM EDT

This webinar, hosted by the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN), will address key highlights of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking recently issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in efforts to update, clarify, and centralize the standards that it uses to review and approve federal executive branch agencies’ plans for complying with Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act. The webinar will be presented April 14, 2:00-3:30 PM EDT. Participation is free, but registration is required.

Beyond “Checking the Box”: Expert Tips for Encouraging Self Identification

As part of the discussion on encouraging disability self-identification in the workplace related to the updates to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act that went into effect in March 2014, the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) presented a webinar, “Do Ask, Do Tell: Tapping the Power of Disability Diversity & Encouraging Self-Identification” on February 18. Speakers included Shaun McGill, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor; Kathleen Lee, Business Outreach Consultant, Cornell University’s Industrial & Labor Relations School; and Lori Golden, Abilities Strategy Leader, Americas People Team, Ernst & Young, LLP. An archived version of the webinar is now available, along with the presentation materials.

LEAD Center Publishes Quarterly LEAD On! Newsletter

The LEAD Center’s quarterly e-newsletter LEAD On! is now available. LEAD On! highlights news and innovations in employment, policy, and economic advancement for people with disabilities. Highlights include information on a Notice of Proposed Rule Making regarding Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the LEAD Center’s new toolkit to promote collaboration between Centers for Independent Living and American Job Centers, the U.S. AbilityOne Commission’s statement on subminimum wage, and more.

WIOA Implementation Partnerships: The Important Role of Centers for Independent Living

The “Promoting Employment and Economic Advancement: A Toolkit for CILs and AJCs” is a collection of resources for Centers for Independent Living (CIL) and American Job Centers (AJC) to deepen their understanding of each other’s services and structure to improve the lives of job seekers with disabilities through employment. The checklists, guides, and fact sheets in the toolkit leverage CILs’ knowledge and skills on disability issues and community resources and AJCs’ training and employment services to maximize the talents and skills of both partners and create a win-win-win for CILs, AJCs, and job seekers with disabilities. A webinar introducing the Toolkit, “WIOA Implementation Partnerships: The Important Role of Centers for Independent Living,” was hosted on March 24 by the LEAD Center. This archived webinar discusses the toolkit and presents national and local leaders who share how CILs and AJCs are working together.

Best Practices for Complying with Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act

In this archived webcast, originally presented on March 16 by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) as part of its Federal Winter Webcast Series, representatives from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and JAN provided participants with the latest developments in the application of the Rehabilitation Act in the workplace, some practical tips for compliance, and answers to tough employment questions. Speakers included Jeanne Goldberg, J.D., Senior Attorney Advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel, EEOC, and Linda Carter Batiste, J.D., JAN Principal Consultant.

Compensation Available for Uncapped Number of Individuals in Disability Settlement with Greyhound

Under the terms of a consent decree that resolves discrimination claims brought by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Greyhound Lines Inc. has hired a claims administrator to distribute compensation to people who experienced disability discrimination while traveling or attempting to travel on Greyhound. The consent decree resolves DOJ’s claims that Greyhound engaged in a nationwide pattern or practice of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to provide full and equal transportation services to passengers with disabilities. The alleged violations include (but are not limited to) failing to maintain accessibility features on its bus fleet such as lifts and securement devices, failing to provide passengers with disabilities assistance boarding and exiting buses at rest stops, and failing to allow customers traveling in wheelchairs to complete their reservations online.