San Diego's Channel 10 aired a story on David Deaton, one of the Talent Knows No Limits role models hired by Rincon Harrah's through connection with the Disability Program Navigator at Arbor Career Center, San Diego Workforce Partnership.Watch the video
Building a More Inclusive Work Force
New York Times, July 5, 2011
An inspiring article on training people with disabilities to utilize their specific skills in the workplace notes that businesses in general, as well as business schools, haven’t paid sufficient attention to the competitive value of employees with differences. Read more
Moving From Disability Benefits to Jobs
New York Times, April 7, 2011
An exploration of why Social Security is strained by the number of workers who now collect disability benefits, and why it is so difficult for these beneficiaries to go back to work. Read more
Who Now Qualifies as a Disabled Employee?
Reuters, April 5, 2011
So what is a disability, anyway? Well, the feds have changed the definition and it may mean changes for business owners. Last week, the EEOC issued final guidelines implementing the ADA Amendments Act, expanding the definition of "disability" to include significantly more ailments.Read more
Federal Budget Changes for 2012
March 16, 2011
Disability employers will see several changes in Federal spending; those with disabilities, as well as their advocates and caregivers, will be happy to note expenditures to benefit Americans with disabilities. Read more
Employers Gain Access to Database to Recruit Workers with Disabilities
ODEP, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense, today made available the 2011 Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities database. Read the news release and sign up for access
Can you apply for Unemployment AND Social Security Disability at the same time?
The Injury Board Blog Network
V.A. Is Easing Rules to Cover Stress Disorder
Social Security Administration Press Release
Social Security Adds 38 New Compassionate Allowance Conditions
Disability Employment News
Links to current articles on disability employment.
President Signs ADA Amendments Act
High Praise for Bipartisan Legislation Reviving ADA Protections
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Disability definition expanding to cover medical conditions
LOS ANGELES TIMES
California Labor & Employment Law Blog, January 7, 2013
New disability regulations took effect December 30, 2012 and are available here. The new regulations are 23 pages in length and contain definitions of mental and physical disabilities, explain essential versus non-essential job functions, and provide detail on employer and employee responsibilities in engaging in the interactive process and providing reasonable accommodation.
All California employers (in particular, their Human Resources or other personnel responsible for managing leave requests or accommodation requests) should review the new disability regulations to ensure that their practices comply with the standards set forth therein.
CareerCast, January 2013
Healthcare’s growing importance in the American economy has particular impact for job seekers with disabilities. Organizations specializing in job placement for the disabled find that healthcare employers offer unrivaled access to careers at a better rate than for any other industry in the nation. For an overview of the best jobs for candidates with disabilities, read more.
Recruiting Workers with Disabilities Nationwide!
Qualified job candidates with disabilities now have a direct connection to the employers that are actively recruiting them. The Think Beyond the Label Online Career Fairs create a unique forum and experience for you to engage real time with employers who are ready to hire! People with disabilities and the businesses that employ them are leading, innovating and evolving the workforce. Get registered to participate today!
DATE: March 5, 2013
TIME: 1:00pm EST to 4:00pm EST
Must an employer reasonably accommodate employees whose disability prevents them from doing their job by reassigning them to an equivalent or lower-level position? On March 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled "no," and held that reassignments are not compulsory.
National Review Online 5/14/12
While the SSDI program is a central component of the U.S. social safety net, it suffers from two substantial ailments that limit its effectiveness and threaten its long-term viability. Read more
Disability Scoop 5/4/2012
Job prospects improved significantly for Americans with disabilities in April, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Labor. Unemployment dropped to 12.5 percent among people with disabilities last month, the government agency said. Though that remains significantly higher than the jobless rate for the general population, the news reflects a marked decline from the 15.2 percent unemployment rate reported in March among this group. Read more
Cornell HR Review 3/31/2012
Customers favor companies that hire and accommodate employees with disabilities as shown by the fact that 93% of customers surveyed said they would prefer to patronize a business that has people with disabilities in its workforce, says a recent study on the hospitality industry. Read more
Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP on 12/9/2011
The American Bar Association sponsored a webinar this week on the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was noteworthy for its inclusion of EEOC commissioners Chai Feldblum (Democrat) and Victoria Lipnic (Republican). Feldblum and Lipnic said that the EEOC is drafting new guidance on reasonable accommodation. The guidance may include what an employer can say to resentful co-workers who don't realize that the employee has a disability. Some realistic, practical advice in this area would be most welcome -- as it is now, confidentiality rules prohibit employers from saying anything, even if it might help co-workers understand and be more tolerant. Read more
Employer's Law Blog, September 23, 2011
A new unpublished opinion from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reminds employers that requests by disabled employees for assistance with their commute to work are not inherently unreasonable under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). An employer has an affirmative obligation to examine whether a reasonable accommodation exists that could assist an otherwise qualified disabled employee with his or her commute to work. Read more
Disability Scoop, July 14, 2011
High expectations are key to increasing competitive employment among those with disabilities, a series of witnesses told a U.S. Senate panel Thursday. The hearing is one of a series Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is holding to address ways to increase disability employment after issuing a challenge to businesses earlier this year to increase the number of people with disabilities in the workforce to 6 million by 2015. Read more
March 15, 2011
EEOC Hears Experts and Individuals with Mental Disabilities Detail Struggles to Gain Employment at Meeting
WASHINGTON - The greatest barrier to employment for people with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities are employers’ myths and fears about their condition, not the disabilities themselves, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) learned at a hearing held today. Read more
February 13, 2011
Tax incentives are available to all private employers for the hiring and employment of individuals with disabilities.
The record of people with disabilities hired to "real" jobs has shown them to be safer on the job, more frequently on time to work, more productive and more loyal to their employer than their nondisabled counterparts, which are attributes that are looked for and prized by employers. Read more
Huffington Post, October 13, 2010
Goodwill®, not only trains people with disabilities to find jobs and excel in their careers: they also employ many people with disabilities around the world.They know from experience that people with disabilities are hard-working and enthusiastic employees, who want to experience the pride and independence that come from a day's work, just like everyone else. Read more...