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  • 10/31/2016: #InclusionWorks for Employers by Brett Sheats

    "As the leader of a diverse team and someone who believes deeply in the benefits of differing perspectives, I can proudly say that inclusion certainly works for me. Indeed, research tells us that diverse groups surpass non-diverse groups with similar skills, even when those skills are theoretically superior. As one of the nation’s largest minority groups — approximately 56.7 million individuals, according to 2010 census data — it’s important that people with disabilities are represented at the table. This month I hope businesses of all sizes and in all industries will participate in the NDEAM spirit by sharing images on social media illustrating how inclusion works for them..."

    To read the entire blog post visit https://blog.dol.gov/2016/10/21/inclusionworks-for-employers/

  • 10/28/2016: Federal Hiring of Employees with Disabilities Exceeds Goals, says OPM (by Tony Ware, Federal Times)

    The federal workforce currently includes 264,844 employees with disabilities, a 35-year high and reflection of July 2010’s Executive Order 13548 “Increasing Federal Employment of individuals with Disabilities,” according to a report from the Office of Personnel Management.  OPM’s efforts to continue improving efforts to employ workers with disabilities include an online course — “A Roadmap to Success: Hiring, Retaining and Including People with Disabilities” — available to all federal agencies. 

    To read the complete Federal Times article visit: http://www.federaltimes.com/articles/federal-hiring-of-employees-with-disabilities-exceeds-goals-says-opm

  • 10/19/2016: EEOC Updates Strategic Enforcement Plan

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently approved an updated Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) for Fiscal Years 2017-2021, reaffirming the agency's commitment to efforts that have strategic impact in advancing equal opportunity in America's workplaces. "This SEP builds on the EEOC's progress in addressing persistent and developing issues by sharpening the agency's areas of focus and updating the plan to recognize additional areas of emerging concern," said EEOC Chair Jenny R. Yang.  EEOC conducts hearings on complaints of discrimination from federal employees or applicants. In fiscal year 2015, the agency received 7,752 requests for hearings, resolved 6,360 complaints, and had 69 administrative judges (AJs) assigned to 24 agency offices to conduct such hearings. As of September 2016, the pending workload of administrative judges exceeds 13,000 complaints, and the average time from a request for a hearing to a decision of an AJ is over 500 days.

    For more information read the press release https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/10-17-16.cfm and the Plan https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/plan/sep-2017.cfm

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