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

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities to Meet April 27-28, 2016

The next meeting of the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (the Committee) will take place on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, and Thursday, April 28, 2016. The meeting will be open to the public on Wednesday, April 27 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EDT. On Thursday, April 28, the meeting will be open to the public from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT. The meeting will take place at the U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004-1111. On April 27 and 28, the four subcommittees of the Committee will report out on their work since the last meeting of the Committee. In addition, the entire Committee will discuss recommendations regarding the AbilityOne® program. Also, the Committee will consider recommendations regarding the certificate program under section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The whole Committee will also discuss next steps and timelines for the final report. The public comment period of the meeting will take place on April 27 from 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM EDT. Instructions for submitting comments can be found in the Federal Register Notice. The deadline for submitting comments is April 15.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues RFI for Equity Partners to Increase Opportunities in Registered Apprenticeship

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Apprenticeship (OA) has announced the issuance of the Request for Information (RFI) DOL-ETA-16-N-00035 – Equity Partners to Increase Opportunities in Registered Apprenticeship. This RFI proposes to reserve approximately $15 million over 3 years (approximately $5 million annually) to award and support multiple contracts to national workforce intermediaries or a national consortia of workforce intermediaries (e.g., Community Based Organizations, Labor-Management Organizations, workforce, industry, and education organizations, among others) to serve as National Partners with DOL, and DOL-approved State Apprenticeship Agencies (SAAs), to support employers, states, DOL grantees, Registered Apprenticeship sponsors, and other stakeholders to promote diversity and inclusion of underrepresented populations that allow them to successfully prepare for, enter, and complete Registered Apprenticeship programs.

Job Accommodation Network Releases Two New Just-in-Time Training Modules

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has developed two new Just-in-Time training modules. These online classes, available on JAN’s website, may be used in group training or by individuals. They may easily be incorporated into larger training events. Each module includes a slideshow, transcript, and resource materials to use as handouts. The first new module is called “The Value Proposition for Engaging People with Disabilities.” This 11-minute training provides a brief overview of the value proposition for hiring, retaining, and marketing to people with disabilities. The second module is the 27-minute “Disability Awareness to Increase Your Comfort, Confidence, and Competence,” which offers technical assistance on the topic of disability awareness. Also available are a variety of other Just-in-Time modules, some for general audiences and some on quite specific topics.

LEAD Center Presents Webinar on Financial Literacy and the Workforce Development System: Resources and Implementation Strategies — April 28, 2016 3:00-4:30 PM EDT

April is Financial Capability month. To support workforce development agencies in their efforts to equip the individuals they serve with the financial knowledge needed to improve employment and economic advancement outcomes, the LEAD Center is bringing together representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the City of Louisville’s Metro Community Services workgroup on Workforce and Financial Empowerment, and the DOL Employment and Training Administration. The webinar, to be held April 28, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT, will focus on financial literacy tools and resources, along with implementation strategies to integrate within workforce development services.

Latest EARN Newsletter Now Available

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) has issued its April 13 newsletter, featuring information on several recent blogs on disability-related topics, an EARN policy brief on the EEOC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act, upcoming web events, and more.