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ODEP News Brief

February 5, 2016


Registration Open for PEAT Talk on Raising the Bar on Accessibility — February 18, 2:00–2:30 PM ET

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) will hold the February edition of its virtual speaker series “PEAT Talks” on the topic of “Raising the Bar on Accessibility” on February 18, 2:00-2:30 PM ET. Dan Sullivan, Vice President at AudioEye, will talk about the return-on-investment for employers who embrace accessible technology that benefits all users.

Register for the February “PEAT Talk”

SAW/RTW Webinar: How Can We Help Workers Keep Their Jobs After Injury, Illness? — February 24, 1:00–2:30 PM ET

The Stay-at-Work/Return–to–Work (SAW/RTW) Policy Collaborative will be hosting a webinar on February 24, 1:00-2:30 PM ET. The webinar will convene state and local leaders who want to help more workers keep their jobs after they develop a career-threatening medical condition. The panel of speakers will discuss and request feedback on the reasons behind avoidable work disability and job loss, the benefits of stay-at-work/return-to-work policies for state and local governments and their constituents, and state and local policies that could help workers keep their jobs after an injury or illness.

Register for the SAW/RTW webinar

JAN Releases New Accommodation and Compliance Series Publication: Employees who are Pregnant

Pregnancy can present challenges at work for some individuals who experience pregnancy–related complications and limitations that are substantially limiting. Employers are required to treat pregnant employees the same as non-pregnant employees who are similar in their ability or inability to work, and may have to provide reasonable accommodations to enable pregnant employees to work effectively during pregnancy. To help educate employers and individuals about pregnancy-related accommodation solutions and the requirements of the ADA and Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), JAN has released a publication in its Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees who are Pregnant.

Read the JAN publication

LEAD Center Publishes January 2016 Issue of Policy Update — Employment, Health Care and Disability

The LEAD Center’s Policy Update – Employment, Health Care and Disability provides policymakers, disability service professionals, individuals with disabilities, and their families with information about relevant policy developments regarding Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and related topics, with a focus on improving employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. The latest update features stories on a newly released review of the reimbursement rates and methodologies used in home and community-based services (HCBS) waivers, tip sheets from the National Association of States United for Aging and Disability (NASUAD) for increasing Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) outreach, EEOC guidance on how the ADA applies to employees who are HIV–positive, and more.

Read the LEAD Center Policy Update

Latest EARN Newsletter Now Available

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) has issued its February 4 newsletter, featuring information on upcoming focus groups on veterans with disabilities in the workplace, the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium release, future webinars, and more.

Read the EARN newsletter

Job Accommodation Network Issues Quarterly E-News

JAN E–News is the quarterly newsletter of the Job Accommodation Network (JAN). The newsletter provides information on new work site accommodation tools and techniques, changes at JAN, and other issues important to improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The current issue covers topics including the use of sample forms under the ADA, knowing when to request medical information regarding accommodations, prevention of harassment and bullying in the workplace, new JAN resources, and more.

Read the JAN E-News

LEAD Center Webinar on “Creating an Inclusive Workforce System: Implementing WIOA Section 188’s Equal Opportunity Provisions” Now Archived

Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) prohibits discrimination against people who apply to, participate in, work for, or come into contact with programs and activities of the workforce development system. WIOA also requires that American Job Centers be fully accessible physically and programmatically, offering accommodations as needed and incorporating Universal Design wherever possible. LEAD Center has been working with the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, who have committed to improving access to their services statewide. View this archived webinar to hear from the leaders in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center, Employment and Training Administration, and Office of Disability Employment Policy, who jointly issued “Promising Practices in Achieving Universal Access and Equal Opportunity: A Section 188 Disability Reference Guide.” The webinar also focuses on the commitment to Equal Opportunity in Missouri, and the work being done using the 188 Disability Reference Guide and based on information collected from surveying their American Job Center staff statewide, and surveying jobseekers and employers who use their services.

View the Section 188 webinar
Read “Promising Practices in Achieving Universal Access and Equal Opportunity: A Section 188 Disability Reference Guide”