ODEP News Brief. Driving Change - Creating Opportunity

November 16, 2018

'Low Cost High Impact'

The Job Accommodation Network published its annual report on the benefits and costs of workplace accommodations, titled “Accommodation and Compliance: Low Cost High Impact.” The information is gathered from employers who have used JAN's services in the past year. The findings show that 59 percent of accommodations cost nothing to make, while the rest of the accommodations had a typical cost of $500. This is consistent with the results of last year's study, demonstrating that job accommodations generally are not costly.

Read “Accommodation and Compliance: Low Cost High Impact”

EARN Newsletter

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion released its November 7 newsletter. Featured in this issue is an article by EARN's national program director, Brett Sheats, written for the Society for Human Resource Management, a recap of EARN's participation in the Employee Assistance Professionals Association national conference, a report from Disability:IN about the advantages of hiring people with disabilities, and more. Also highlighted are EARN's resources on hiring disabled veterans.

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HIRE Vets Medallion Program

The U.S. Department of Labor announced recipients of the 2018 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration Award, recognizing job creators for their leadership in recruiting, employing, and retaining America's veterans. Honorees included small businesses, community-based nonprofits, and national companies. Recipients of the award were evaluated based on a range of criteria, including veteran hiring and retention, availability of veteran-specific resources, leadership programming for veterans, dedicated human resources, and compensation and tuition assistance programs for veterans. Applications for the 2019 HIRE Vets Medallion Program will be open to employers on January 31, 2019.

Learn more about the HIRE Vets Medallion Program

National Apprenticeship Week Webinar — November 28, 3:00-4:30 PM ET

Join Social Security's Ticket to Work program for its November 28 Work Incentive Seminar Events webinar. This month's webinar will celebrate National Apprenticeship Week and discuss apprenticeship as a path to employment. Presenters from the Office of Disability Employment Policy will share information about inclusive apprenticeship. Information will also be provided about the Ticket to Work program and the free supports and services available for eligible people with disabilities who are looking for work.

Register for the WISE webinar


The Benefits.gov Program launched a website redesign to create a more user-friendly and enjoyable web experience, supporting its mission to increase citizen access to benefit information while reducing the expense and difficulty of interacting with the government. Developed in direct response to citizen feedback, the refreshed look and enhanced layout help users more easily find information about benefits for which they may be eligible. Since its launch in 2002, Benefits.gov has been a technological innovator across the e-gov landscape, implementing initiatives to continuously improve the user experience and increase awareness of the site as a valuable service to citizens and government alike. Benefits.gov is a cross-governmental collaboration of 16 federal agencies, with the U.S. Department of Labor serving as the managing partner.

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