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  • 05/19/2016: ODEP Announces 2016 Theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announced that the theme for this October's National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) will be "#InclusionWorks." This theme reflects the key role that disability plays in workforce diversity, and the use of the hashtag is intended to encourage sharing of stories about disability inclusion in the workplace on social media. 

    Read the ODEP press release: 

  • 05/10/2016: EEOC Issues Guidance on Employee Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a new resource that addresses the rights of employees with disabilities who seek leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The document, Employer-Provided Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act, provides examples of leave scenarios as well as return to work scenarios that employers can reference for guidance in granting leave requests related to an employee's disability.

    Read the Employer-Provided Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • 05/03/2016: Do Ask, Do Tell: Tapping the Power of Disability Diversity & Encouraging Self-Identification

    Archived Webinar on Disclosure Now Available!


    Original Air Date:

    Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT


    Brett Sheats (Session Chair), National Project Director, National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities (Employer TA Center)
    Shaun McGill (Moderator), Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor, (ODEP)
    Kathleen Lee, Business Outreach Consultant, Cornell University's Industrial & Labor Relations (ILR) School & EDI
    Lori Golden, Abilities Strategy Leader, Americas People Team, Ernst & Young, LLP

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  • 04/18/2016: Providing Accessibility in Government is a Team Effort

    Several Federal Government agencies are strongly promoting access for people with disabilities, with the General Services Administration (GSA) playing a lead role. Together, they are working to implement the standards of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Compliance to these standards can prove challenging in some cases, but adhering to Section 508 standards is key to modernizing the environments  and technology of federal agencies. Successfully moving toward full use of accessible technology begins with the acquisition process, but it must become integral to all aspects of an agency's practices and culture. 

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  • 04/18/2016: OPM Pushes for Targeted Recruitment of Diverse Talent Beyond USAJobs

    A recent Federal News Radio article addresses the troubles agencies experience in using USAJobs to recruit diverse, qualified candidates. Although OPM is in the process of gradually implementing updates to USAJobs, OPM encourages hiring managers to use other avenues, such as social media, to take a more targeted approach to inclusive hiring. In order to cultivate a more diverse federal workforce, which is a top priority for OPM, there needs to be new ways to bridge information gaps and reach younger diverse populations, including individuals with disabilities, which will require buy-in from agency leadership and taking into account input from diverse talent pools. 

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  • 04/04/2016: Beyond 'Checking the Box': Expert Tips for Encouraging Self Identification

    If you weren't able to attend the recent webinar hosted by the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN), "Do Ask, Do Tell: Tapping the Power of Disability Diversity & Encouraging Self-Identification," a new blog post from Brett Sheats, EARN's National Project Director, shares top takeaways from the webinar presentations. 

    Read "Beyond 'Checking the Box': Expert Tips for Encouraging Self Identification" for key insights on disability disclosure in the workplace from presenters Lori Golden, Abilities Strategy Leader at EY, and Kathleen Lee, Business Outreach Consultant at the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University, as well as moderator Shaun McGill, a Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. 

    To learn more, you can also read responses from the panelists to all of the questions asked during the webinar by visiting Or, access the archived webinar for in-depth information on best practices to facilitate self-identification at

  • 03/30/2016: "New HR University Course Supports Workplace Flexibilities," a Post from the OPM Director's Blog

    In this March 28 post, OPM announced the launch of a new online course called “Introduction to Leave, Work-Life, and Workplace Flexibilities” available at no cost through OPM’s HR University.  Offered in support of President Obama's initiative to expand the use of available workplace flexibilities and work-life resources, this course provides federal employees and managers with a comprehensive overview of flexible workplace benefits and how to access them.

    For more information, read the full blog post:

  • 03/30/2016: DOL's Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) Announces Launch of TalentWorks

    DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has launched TalentWorks, a free online tool that helps employers and HR professionals ensure accessibility in their web-based job applications and other recruiting technologies for job seekers with disabilities. According to Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu, this tool provides resources and information that employers can use to "build a diverse, more inclusive workforce by ensuring their organization’s virtual door is open to everyone." For more information, read the press release: Department’s new web tool helps employers, recruiters ensure accessibility of online applications, recruiting systems for job seekers with disabilities

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