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  • 06/22/2015: DOL Honors ADA25 with Historical Timeline and Personal Stories

    As part of a series of activities to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. Department of Labor developed a historical timeline that chronicles the milestones that led up to its passage in 1990 and have carried its spirit forward since. The department is also collecting worker photos and stories that illustrate, through personal experiences, the importance of the ADA in increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities—including of course federal employees—are invited to add to the collection by submitting their own employment story. View the timeline, read the worker stories, or share a new story.

  • 06/17/2015: Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases Annual Report on Disability

    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released its latest annual report on people with disabilities, which revealed that in 2014 the unemployment rate of people with disabilities edged down slightly, to 12.5 percent. Despite the positive downward trend, however, this was roughly double the rate of people without disabilities, which declined to 5.9 percent. The annual “Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics” report is based on data from the Current Population Survey, a monthly sample survey of about 60,000 households. The data collection is sponsored by DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

    Read the summary news release.

  • 06/11/2015: Do Ask, Do Tell: New Report Addresses Strategies for Encouraging Self-Disclosure

     

    A new report developed by The Conference Board with support from the ODEP-funded Employer TA Center explores research related to disability disclosure in the workplace and identifies strategies that can be used by federal agencies as well as federal contractors.  Based on the results of a survey of 98 employers and extensive interviews with experts on workplace disability issues, Do Ask, Do Tell:  Encouraging Employees with Disabilities to Self-Identify concludes that many organizations can and must do more to build a disability-friendly culture conducive to disclosure.  It also features a case study that illuminates effective practices employers in both the public and private sector may be able to replicate.

  • 06/02/2015: 2015 Causey Award Nominations Open!

    Federal News Radio's 6th Annual Causey Awards seek to recognize and honor the good works of federal employees and government contractors who challenged the status quo and changed, for the better, human capital management. 

    Nominations will be accepted through Friday, June 19, 2015. 

    Being a federal employee has not been easy over the past several years. Feds have dealt with everything from falling morale to budget cuts, and more. But at some agencies, dealing with these issues was easier thanks to innovative human resources ideas. Recognize your colleagues for their hard work by nominating them for a Causey Award today.

    Nominate someone today for his or her outstanding achievements and important human capital/human resources contributions. Federal News Radio is looking for people who made a difference in the HR world; they don't necessarily have to work in an HR role. In the past, they’ve honored CIOs, a chief of staff, and an inspector general, in addition to human resources professionals, all for their contributions in the HR arena.

    Past winners have been chosen for their ability to avoid furloughs and reductions-in-force, improving labor-management relationships, and developing initiatives beneficial to minorities, veterans and people with disabilities. 

    For more information about the Causey Awards and to nominate a colleague, visit http://bit.ly/1STuoHH.

  • 05/19/2015: Comments Due May 28 on the U.S. Access Board's Updated ICT Accessibility Requirements

    Public comments are due May 28 on the U.S. Access Board's proposed rule updating accessibility requirements for information and communication technologies (ICT) covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and by Section 255 of the Communications Act. Comments received after this date will be considered to the extent feasible. Comments can be submitted or viewed through the Regulations.gov website. The proposed rule includes instructions on submitting comments.

    Visit the Board's website for further information at http://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/communications-and-it/about-the-ict-refresh.  

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