After months of anticipation, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule to improve the employment outlook for people with disabilities—setting a hiring goal for federal contractors and subcontractors that 7 percent of each job group in their workforce be qualified individuals with disabilities.
The Labor Dept. updated Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, introducing specific actions contractors must take in the areas of recruitment, training, record keeping and policy dissemination–similar to those that have long been required to promot...Read full blog entry»
Delaware Governor Jack Markell has been all over the news, and for good reason. Markell made disability employment the centerpiece of his one-year tenure as Chair of the National Governors Association, which just concluded. He appeared on PBS NewsHour with Judy Woodruff to talk about his initiative, A Better Bottom Line: Employing Individuals with Disabilities, and to release a new blueprint for state governors to take action.
Markell, who blogged for Think Beyond the Label earlier this year, suggests in his blueprint that state leaders should introduce companies to the oft-ignore...Read full blog entry»
A new study commissioned by the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business gives a solid theory on why job seekers with disabilities still are not fully represented in Corporate America—and what needs to be done.
The Wharton study recommends several tangible ways for employers to change their hiring practices to include people with disabilities—many of which Think Beyond the Label has been advocating since its inception in 2010.
At Thin...Read full blog entry»