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  • 01/17/2017: Presidential Memorandum—Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Our National Parks, National Forests and Other Public Lands and Waters

    President Barack Obama has directed the Department of the Interior and other relevant federal agencies to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to experience and enjoy our public lands and waters, that all segments of the population have the chance to engage in decisions about how our lands and waters are managed, and that our federal workforce—not just the sites it manages—is drawn from the rich range of the diversity in our Nation. In this memorandum…the term "inclusion" refers to a culture that connects each employee to the organization; encourages collaboration, flexibility and fairness; and promotes diversity throughout the organization so that all individuals have opportunities to participate and contribute to their full potential…”

    To read the complete Presidential Memorandum visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/12/presidential-memorandum-promoting-diversity-and-inclusion-our-national.

  • 01/17/2017: EEOC Issues Quality Practices Plan on Federal Sector Hearings, Appeals & Oversight Functions

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has published Federal Sector Quality Practices (FSQP) to address the quality of the agency's hearings and appeals in federal employee employment discrimination complaints. The FSQP also devotes attention to the Commission's role in providing oversight of federal agencies when reviewing affirmative employment and barrier analysis plans, evaluating federal agency complaint processes, and offering technical assistance to federal agencies. EEOC has statutory authority to enforce laws prohibiting employment discrimination in the federal sector by providing appropriate remedies in complaints brought pursuant to Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Equal Pay Act (EPA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

    For more information, please read the EEOC press release: https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/1-17-17.cfm and the FSQP https://www.eeoc.gov/federal/quality-practices.cfm.

  • 01/09/2017: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines—Final Rule

    The U.S. Access Board has released a final rule that updates accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The rule also refreshes guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act. The Section 508 standards, which are incorporated into the federal government's procurement regulations, apply to ICT procured, developed, maintained or used by federal agencies. The Communications Act guidelines cover telephones, cell phones, pagers, computers with modems, switching equipment and other telecommunications equipment. The rule will take effect in one year.

    For more information, visit https://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/communications-and-it/about-the-ict-refresh and https://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/communications-and-it/about-the-ict-refresh/final-rule.

  • 01/05/2017: Final Rule Requires Affirmative Action for Disabilities in Federal Workforce

    This Federal News Radio article discusses the EEOC’s new rule implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act. The rule codifies executive orders and management directives related to Section 501, which blocks agencies from discriminating against people with disabilities, and requires agencies to maintain and continually update affirmative action plans to ensure the federal government is hiring and promoting individuals with disabilities. The final rule also requires agencies to boost the number of their employees who have a disability and employees who have a “targeted disability”—such as deafness—and provide personal assistance services (PAS) to employees who need them.

    To read the complete article visit http://federalnewsradio.com/workforce/2017/01/final-rule-requires-affirmative-action-disabilities-federal-workforce/.

  • 01/03/2017: Affirmative Action for Individuals with Disabilities in Federal Employment—Publication of Final Rule

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued its final rule to amend the regulations that require federal agencies to engage in affirmative action for individuals with disabilities. These changes clarify the obligations that the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 imposes on federal agencies as employers, that are over and above the obligation not to discriminate on the basis of disability. The rule requires agencies to take specific steps that are reasonably designed to gradually increase the number of employees who have a disability as defined under Section 501, and the number of employees who have a “targeted disability.” The rule also requires agencies to provide personal assistance services (PAS) to employees who, because of targeted disabilities, require such assistance in order to be at work or participate in work-related travel.

    For more information, read the press release https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/1-3-17.cfm and the complete text of the final rule which was published in the Federal Register.

    https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/03/2016-31397/affirmative-action-for-individuals-with-disabilities-in-federal-employment.

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