This Month and Every Month — JAN is here for YOU!
Like all people, the approximately one in five adults in the U.S. who have disabilities need the right tools and work environments to effectively do their jobs. So it’s critical that businesses of all sizes understand how to effectively provide accommodations to employees with disabilities — as well as potential employees with disabilities going through the application and interview process.
Now, a new resource from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) can help. Launched in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Workplace Accommodation Toolkit provides a primer on the topic, with an emphasis on effective processes that benefit employer and employee alike. It contains sample policies, templates and checklists, as well as descriptions of different approaches in action. It’s a great resource for any company seeking to establish or refresh its accommodation policies and procedures — and increase inclusion across its organization. It’s also a great resource for companies seeking to retain valued talent, given that current employees may develop a need for an accommodation at any point due to illness or injury.
For those new to the term, an accommodation is considered any modification or adjustment to a job or work environment that enables a qualified person with a disability to apply for or perform a job. The term also encompasses alterations to ensure a qualified individual with a disability has rights and privileges in employment equal to those of employees without disabilities. The obligation to provide reasonable accommodations for job applicants or employees with disabilities is one of the key non-discrimination requirements in the Americans with Disabilities Act’s employment provisions, as well as Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, which applies to federal contractors.
Funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, JAN (AskJAN.org) is the leading source of information on accommodations, providing expert and confidential guidance to employers and others at no cost. Learn more about its services and the many ways to access them in a brief video, titled JAN is Here for You!
For more information, go to www.dol.gov/odep.