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ODEP News Brief

September 19, 2014



Assistant Secretary Martinez Discusses People with Disabilities and the Financial Industry

U.S. News and World Report Money recently published an article, "How People with Disabilities Can Overcome Money Challenges," which examined a report released by the National Disability Institute about the financial challenges faced by people with disabilities. These challenges include a higher rate of poverty, added expenses for disability-related needs, and barriers created by the financial industry. In the article, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez explained some of the difficulties she experienced when applying for a home loan, including accessibility issues. "There are a lot of things financial companies could do to make it easier," she said.

Read the U.S. News and World Report Money article

U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and Wage and Hour Division Publish Fact Sheet on Stay-at-Work and Return-to-Work

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and Wage and Hour Division have co-authored a fact sheet entitled "Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work: Supporting Employees Who Experience Unexpected Illness or Disability." This document informs employers about resources available to help employees who have sustained disabilities or chronic illness to return to work or stay at work. It also explains provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that are applicable in these situations, and how intermittent leave may assist employees to remain on the job.

Read the fact sheet

Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology to Present Webinar on Accessible Technology — September 26, 1:00-2:30 PM EDT

The ODEP-funded Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) will host the third in its current series of webinars on Friday, September 26, 1:00-2:30 PM EDT. "Powering Up Your Employment Potential through Accessible Technology: What People with Disabilities Need to Know" will explore how people with disabilities can advocate for accessible technology in their workplaces and the benefits of doing so, for them and all employees. The webinar will be moderated by Richard Crespin of CollaborateUp and feature a variety of knowledgeable panelists with expertise in accessible technology from both the user and employer perspectives.

Register for the PEAT webinar

Job Accommodation Network Announces 2014/2015 Webcast Training Series

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) 2014/2015 Webcast Training Series schedule is now available. You must register to attend these no cost Webcasts. Educate yourself, management, and other employees on workplace trends, assistive technologies, management techniques, and the latest on accommodations and the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). All Webcasts in this series begin at 2:00 PM ET and are 1 hour.

Register for the JAN Webcasts

FDWC News Hour to Host Webinar on How and When Pregnant Employees Receive Reasonable Accommodations — September 24, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT

Although pregnancy itself is not a disability, pregnant workers and pregnant job applicants are not excluded from the protections of the ADA. In this FDWC News Hour webinar, participants will learn how and when an employer must provide pregnancy-related accommodations. The webinar will be held September 24, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT.

Register for the FDWC News Hour webinar