The Disability.gov website has issued a bulletin with numerous resource links and information in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Included in their bulletin is information on understanding the ADA, history of the ADA, the ADA National Network and what is provides, what employers need to know, and more. To view this Disability.Gov bulletin, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USODEP/bulletins/10fd5bb
On July 23, 2015, the Department of Labor published the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations to implement Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Under Section 188(e) of WIOA, Congress required the Department to issue regulations implementing Section 188 no later than one year after enactment of WIOA. The Department's publication of this final rule complies with the statutory mandate. This final rule creates a new part in the CFR, which mirrors the regulations published in the CFR in 1999 to implement Section 188 of WIA. The Department has made no substantive changes in this final rule; the changes are technical in nature. This final rule adopts the Department's regulatory scheme for Section 188 of WIA verbatim, with technical revisions to conform to WIOA. Specifically, the Department has: -- Replaced references to the ``Workforce Investment Act of 1998'' or ``WIA'' with ``Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act'' or ``WIOA'' to reflect the proper statutory authority; and -- updated section numbers in the text of the regulation to reflect its new location. To access the Federal Register Notice on Section 188, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-23/pdf/2015-17637.pdf
Mathematica Policy Research, Center for Studying Disability Policy published this issue brief: "Increasing Employer Responsibility for Disability Benefits: Analysis of an Approach to Social Security Disability Insurance Reform." Multiple proposals for reforming the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) program would hold firms partially responsible for a portion of the DI benefits paid to their recent employees. This issue brief examines the implications of this approach for employers and workers by analyzing two prominent reform proposals: requiring employers to provide short-term disability insurance coverage and applying an experience rating to the DI portion of the Federal Insurance Contributions Act premium. The analysis finds that both proposals would place a relatively large burden on the labor costs of many relatively small (fewer than 500 workers), low-wage firms. Firms with high potential liabilities might seek to accommodate and retain workers with challenging medical conditions but might also reduce hiring or retention of workers at high risk for medical problems. To view the issue brief, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/our-publications-and-findings/publications/increasing-employer-responsibility-for-disability-benefits-analysis-of-an-approach-to-social?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=New%20and%20Noteworthy%2005%2006%2015%20(2)%20remainder&utm_content=&spMailingID=11333761&spUserID=MTU0MDAwODEwNwS2&spJobID=540467069&spReportId=NTQwNDY3MDY5S0
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has announced plans to hold two public meetings to seek comments about the proposed regulatory changes contained in a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that was published in the Federal Register on April 16, 2015, which would implement statutory changes to the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the State Supported Employment Services programs, as well as provisions governing Limitations on the Use of Subminimum Wage that fall under the Secretary's purview. The meetings will take place on April 30, 2015 (date passed) and May 20, 2015. May 20, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT, Sacramento--California Department of Rehabilitation, 721 Capitol Mall, Room 242, Sacramento, CA 95814. The meetings will provide the public with the opportunity to present public comments on only the separate NPRM amending 34 CFR parts 361, 363, and 397, which is the NPRM associated with Docket ID ED-2015-OSERS-0001. It is likely that each participant will be limited to five minutes. Speakers may also submit written comments at the public meetings. In addition, the Department will accept written comments through www.regulations.gov, as explained in the separate NPRM. Public comments are due on or before June 15, 2015. To learn more about the public comment, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/04/23/2015-09318/state-vocational-rehabilitation-services-program-state-supported-employment-services-program
The LEAD Center has drafted a summary of the Workforce Innnovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) from a disability perspective. This policy brief outlines key provisions pertaining to workforce development activities of particular applicability to individuals with disabilities and individuals with a barrier to employment (which by definition includes individuals with disabilities). The summary description is not intended to be comprehensive. Key disability-related policies are underlined. To access the full summary, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.leadcenter.org/system/files/resource/downloadable_version/wioa_title_I_disability_perspective.pdf
The LEAD Center has produced a Summary Description of Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (i.e., State Vocational Rehabilitation Program) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). This information brief expounds on the implementation of new guidelines as proposed for State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services programs and State Supported Employment Services programs under Title IV of WIOA. To access the summary, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.leadcenter.org/resource-center/publication/summary-description-title-iv-workforce-innovation-and-opportunity-act-state-vocational-rehabilitation-program-notice
In February 2015, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a partner of the Employer Technical Assistance (TA) Center, drafted and disseminated a brief outlining policies states can use to encourage and support the hiring, retention and promotion of people with disabilities. The publication identifies states that have successfully implemented such policies and is part of the Employer TA Center's collaborative efforts to encourage states to become model employers of individuals with disabilities. To view the NCSL brief, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.askearn.org/docs/Employment%20for%20People%20with%20Disabilities%20Reed.PDF
Social Security Administration http://www.chooseworkttw.net/library/finding-your-path-to-employment-ASL-video The Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work program has announced a new video series in American Sign Language (ASL). These videos can help interested job seekers who are deaf or hard of hearing learn about the Ticket to Work program and the resources available to find and keep a job. The video series will give job seekers who are deaf or hard of hearing an in-depth understanding of how the Ticket to Work program works. Check out Finding Your Path to Employment with Ticket to Work in the Library section of www.choosework.net or on YouTube and learn about: -- How the Ticket to Work program works -- Who is eligible -- What types of providers can help job-seekers -- Which professionals can help job-seekers understand how work will affect their benefits -- The types of job support services offered -- How to find a Ticket to Work provider The Ticket to Work program offers Social Security disability beneficiaries more choices in getting the support they need to find work and reach their career goals. To view the video, click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.chooseworkttw.net/library/finding-your-path-to-employment-ASL-video
On April 13, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of $15 million for the sixth round of Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grants. Grants will be awarded to state workforce agencies to develop flexible and innovative strategies to increase the participation of people with disabilities in federally funded education and training programs. DEI is a a joint program of the Labor Department's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Since 2010, the department has awarded grants worth more than $95 million through the DEI to 37 state workforce agencies in 26 states to improve education, training, and employment outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities. The funds are used to refine and expand workforce strategies proven to be successful, and enhance inclusive service delivery through the public workforce system. Improvements include: increasing the accessibility of American Job Centers; training front-line AJC and partner staff; and increasing partnerships and collaboration across numerous systems that are critical for assisting youth and adults with disabilities in securing meaningful employment. The closing date for application submission is June 11, 2015. To access the press release that includes links to the Announcement of Funding Opportunity (OFA) is available by clicking View Page Now or going to: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20150627.htm
This Christian Science Monitor (CSM) article by Mark Trumbull, dated Feb. 1, 2015, provides an overview of issues pertaining to the funding of Social Security disability benefits which is predicted to be insolvent in 2016. The article provides information on solutions proposed by the Obama Administration and the Republican perspective to address the shortfall. Please click on View Page Now to view the full article, or go to: http://links.mkt3889.com/ctt?kn=29&ms=MTA2OTI3NDcS1&r=Njc2ODkyNzQ1MTcS1&b=0&j=NDgxNDk4NjEwS0&mt=1&rt=0
The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration has developed a document to provides basic information on American Job Centers (AJCs), also known as One-Stop Career Centers To access the Overvie, please click on View Page Now.
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has released a new Just-in-Time Training Module on providing reasonable accommodations to employees with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This module is comprised of a slide show with transcript and handouts, and provides information on PTSD, the limitations in the workplace that may be associated with it, and effective accommodations that can be provided to help employees be more successful. To access this JAN Training Modules, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://askjan.org/training/library.htm
This resource guide was developed by the National Disability Institute under its contract with the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) to provide technical assistance to Disability Employment Initiative and the workforce system at-large. It provides Workforce Employment Networks with the following information: -- Ticket to Work basics -- The Basics of Social Security Benefits -- First Step in EN Operations: EN Suitability -- Enrolling in the eProcesses- a Must! -- Service Delivery Flow Charts -- Understanding the Three Key EN Operational Tasks: 1)Ticket Holder Identification - Marketing and Outreach; 2) Ticket Assignment - Creating the Employment Plan; 3) EN Payments - ePay, the Simplified Approach to EN Payments -- Additional Resources Please note: this Guide is a fluid document and will be updated as needed. To access a PDF version of the Guide, please click on Download Now.
"As the overall job market improves, more Americans with disabilities are finding employment for the second month in a row, according to today's National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). Disability job training and employment initiatives continue to create and expand jobs for people with disabilities. In the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Jobs Report released Friday, December 5, the employment-to-population ratio increased from 26.5 percent in November 2013 to 26.9 percent in November 2014 (up 1.4 percent; 0.4 percentage points) for working-age people with disabilities. The employment-to-population ratio, a key indicator, reflects the percentage of people who are working relative to the total population (the number of people working divided by the number of people in the total population multiplied by 100). The labor force participation rate, however, decreased from 30.7 percent in November 2013 to 30.4 percent in November 2014 (down 0.8 percent; 0.3 percentage points) for working-age people with disabilities. The labor force participation rate is the percentage of the population that is working or actively looking for work. To access the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.researchondisability.org/news-features/2014/12/05/ntide-jobs-report-positive-jobs-picture-brightens-outlook-for-people-with-disabilities
The Disability and Employment Community of Practice (CoP) is focusing on the importance and relevance of the pubic workforce system and its engagement with the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work (TTW) program. The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has worked with SSA over a number of years to promote the use of One-Stop Centers, now American Job Centers, to serve Ticket Holders and being an Employment Network or involved with Partnership Plus and state vocational rehabilitation agencies. In November 2014 ETA hosted a webinar on this topic which is an excellent introduction to the effectiveness state or local workforce systems becoming Employment Networks (ENs) entitled "Disability Employment Initiative Workforce Employment Networks: Lessons Learned on Serving Ticketholders in the American Job Centers" This webinar will provided Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grantees and workforce development professionals with key lessons learned from the DEI Workforce Employment Networks that resulted in positive employment outcomes for job seekers receiving Social Security disability benefits. Participants attending the webinar learned about: -- Key developments and practices of DEI workforce Employments Networks for successful outcomes; -- The challenges of operating a Workforce Employment Network and pitfalls to avoid; -- Performance trends of workforce Employment Networks and how to experience success at the local AJC level; and -- About two real case stories of customers who accessed AJC services and their successful employment outcomes. To access this webinar, please click on View Page Now which will bring you to the Workforce 3 One video archive, or go to: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001424737638913998/info
The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA)is hosting a webinar on November 4, 2014, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Eastern Time. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) emphasizes sector partnership strategies as key elements of a successful workforce system. ETA will be providing a webinar series to showcase the opportunities ahead. Join the series to learn from states and local areas who are leaders in the use of sector strategies to improve their local economies and deliver for job seekers and employers. This November 4th webinar features Kentucky’s work with economic development, workforce development and education partners in this first of the Building Sector Strategies webinar series. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001428739480318011/info
The Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) issued Training and Employment Notice 12-14 on October 17, 2014, to inform the public workforce system and employers about affirmative efforts by employers, employer organizations, and workforce agencies to increase economic competitiveness by tapping into the talent pool of long-term unemployed individuals, which includes many qualified, experienced, and skilled workers. ETA is hosting a webinar to share this information on Friday, October 24, 2014, 1:00 to 2:00 PM, EST. DOL is encouraging the public workforce system to assist these individuals by: 1) Partnering with employers to implement promising human resources practices; 2) Targeting and espanding work-based learning models, such as on-the-job training; 3) Offering specialized services, such as financial counseling, behavioral health counseling, and enhanced job search assistance; and 4) Boosting job seeker outreach and engagement strategies to better reach the long-term unemployed. The TEN 12-14 is available at: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=7919 To register for the webinar, please click on View Page Now.
On October 15, 2014, the White House issued this fact sheet to past and current actions providing assistance in getting long-term unemployed Americans back to work. In January, President Obama issued a three-part call to action – to employers, to communities across the country, and to federal agencies – to help Americans who are ready to work find jobs, and to help more of the long-term unemployed get back to work. It includes an update on progress since January 2014 and additional steps—taken in conjunction with businesses, non-profit leaders, governors and mayors and federal agencies—to help ensure that Americans still looking for work have a fair shot, and American businesses benefit as a result. Since December, the long-term unemployment rate has fallen from 2.5 percent to 1.9 percent. The number of long-term unemployed – those unemployed more than 6 months – has fallen by 900,000. This decline accounts for around 90 percent of the total drop in unemployment in the past 10 months. But there is still work left to do. It also includes the announcement of $170 million in grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor to support partnerships to connect long-term unemployed to employment opportunities, a new handbook to assist business and individuals in hiring practices, and ensuring Federal hiring includes those who have been out of the labor force for an extended period. To access the full text of the White House Fact Sheet, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/10/15/fact-sheet-getting-long-term-unemployed-americans-back-work
60 Minutes featured WorkPlace, Inc. and their program, Platform to Employment (P2E,) which is putting the long term unemployed back to work. The program was aired in February 2012 with Scott Pelley and an interview with Joe Carbone, Executive Director of WorkPlace, Inc. 60 Minutes explores the challenges facing the long term unemployed, also known as 99ers and followed participants through the P2E program. The WorkPlace developed P2E to help the long term unemployed return to work and provide a vehicle for employers to recruit skilled workers. The program allows employers a risk-free opportunity to evaluate and consider hiring participants during an eight-week internship. The WorkPlace raised more than $500,000 in private resources to support the program. With a 70% placement rate, this initiative demonstrates how private investment along with a caring community can enhance employment opportunities for the long term unemployed who are truly the victims of the 2008 recession. The WorkPlace also received a $200,000 grant from the AARP Foundation to address the specific needs of 99ers over the age of 50. To view the full 60 Minute piece, please click on View Page Now.
Iowa Workforce Development have developed and implemented an integrated policy model for job seekers with disabilities that has improved services for all workforce customers in Iowa. They developed their integrated policy, in part, through Iowa's Disability Employment Initiative Grant.. ? The Iowa policy provides guidance to local workforce regions in being responsive to job seekers who disclose a disability in Iowa?s Integrated Service Delivery Model which supports the objective of full and effective inclusion of Iowans with disabilities in the employment service system and in the industry of their communities. To view the Iowa Integrated Policies, please click on View Page Now.