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ODEP-funded Flexible Work Arrangement Resources

Workplace Flexibility: A Strategic Business Approach for an Inclusive Workplace

The Workplace Flexibility: A Strategic Business Approach for an Inclusive Workplace fact sheet (PDF) provides many private-sector business examples on the benefits of workplace flexibility as well as how the Federal Government is using this business approach. The fact sheet addresses how workplace flexibility strategies can directly or indirectly help employers meet the goals of many Federal regulations. A link to ODEP's Workplace Flexibility Toolkit is provided to assist employers with implementing flexible workplace policies and practices.

2014 National Study of Employers: Including the Talents of Employees with Disabilities (PDF), published in October 2014 by the Families and Work Institute and the Society of Human Resource Management, is a special report that highlights the findings from a survey of more than 1,000 employers in the United States. Read the press release.

ODEP/Women's Bureau Collaboration

As part of its efforts to advance flexible workplace policies to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities, ODEP established a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with DOL's Women's Bureau, a long-time champion of flexible work arrangements. Through this collaboration, ODEP and the Women's Bureau worked together to develop a roadmap of policy action recommendations and a Workplace Flexibility Toolkit for employers, employees, researchers, and policymakers that addresses workplace flexibility policies, practices, and implementation strategies for people with complex situations, including those with disabilities.

Workplace Flexibility Toolkit

Funded by ODEP in partnership with the Women's Bureau, the Workplace Flexibility Toolkit provides information to employees, employers, policymakers, and researchers about a unique approach to workplace flexibility. The Toolkit provides case studies, fact and tip sheets, issue briefs, reports, articles, websites, other toolkits, and frequently-asked questions. It is searchable by these resources and by target audiences — employers, employees, researchers, and policymakers, as well as by type of workplace flexibility — place, time, and task.

Advancing Workplace Flexibility Policy and Practices: Synthesis Report — September 2011

On January 24, 2011, as an outcome of their MOA, DOL's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and its Women's Bureau (WB) joined to build upon the President's message that workplace flexibility is critical to strengthening our nation's economy and families to host a Forum on workplace flexibility. The ODEP-WB Forum was designed to develop concrete recommendations for the local, State, and Federal advancement of workplace flexibility policy and practices for all employees, including individuals with disabilities. This report discusses key findings from the Forum, research on the impact of flexible workplace strategies, employers' promising practices, and resources that support employers and employees, especially those with complex employment situations.

On September 30, 2011, ODEP and the Women's Bureau signed a second Memorandum of Agreement to establish an understanding between the agencies to expand and promote the use of flexible workplace strategies among employers, particularly relating to the hiring and career advancement of individuals with disabilities, including disabled veterans, and others with complex employment situations. ODEP coordinated with the Women's Bureau in implementing ODEP's new Workplace Flexibility-Universal Design Employment project.

Customized Employment: One Creative Option to Support Workplace Flexibility

This PowerPoint presentation was prepared and conducted by Lisa Cuozzo Stern, Director of Operations TransCen, Inc. & MontgomeryWorks! One Stop Workforce Center, for a Business and Professional Women Foundation-sponsored webinar in October 2007. The webinar was presented in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy's funded initiative with the Montgomery County (MD) Workforce Investment Board and its Women's Bureau's Flex-Options project.

This document, developed by Lisa (Cuozzo) Stern, is based on her work for the Customized Employment project with the Montgomery County (MD) Workforce Investment Board and funded through the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) grant number E-9-4-3-0106 . The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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