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April 3, 2020

Providing Expanded Family and Medical Leave to Employees Affected by COVID-19 Online Dialogue – Extended to April 10

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has extended the national online dialogue through April 10 to provide employers and employees, and other key stakeholders, with an innovative opportunity to offer their perspectives as the Department develops compliance assistance materials and outreach strategies for the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The ideas and comments gathered from this dialogue will inform DOL compliance assistance guidance, resources, and tools, as well as outreach approaches, that assist employers and employees in understanding their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA. The Department is soliciting feedback as part of this dialogue on recently posted FFCRA compliance assistance tools.

Participate in the FFCRA dialogue

EEOC COVID-19 Resources

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released resources on COVID-19 and federal employment nondiscrimination laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. Publications include "What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19" and "Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act." Also available is a recorded "Ask the EEOC" webinar that answers questions submitted by the public about how to respond to COVID-19.

Read the EEOC press release

COVID-19 and Stress

Job Accommodation Network consultant Sarah Small posted a blog on "Coronavirus (COVID-19), Stress, and Mental Health Conditions." Small discusses the effects of stressors that may accompany the social distancing required by the COVID-19 response, especially for people with mental health conditions.

Read the JAN blog

COVID-19 Impact on Individuals with Disabilities in the States

The Council of State Governments, a partner of the Office of Disability Employment Policy's State Exchange on Employment & Disability initiative, released a blog titled "COVID-19 and Impacts on Individuals with Disabilities." The post highlights the importance for states to consider the potential effects on their more vulnerable citizens, including those with disabilities, as they take steps to ensure safety for citizens during this national pandemic. Considerations noted include home and community supports and service provision, and access to education, information, steady employment, healthcare, and other critical needs. The post also provides links to resources, as well as state and federal examples of policies that secure continuity of services and operations, ensure inclusivity to all, and provide access to information and programs.

Read the CSG blog
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LEAD Center Newsletter

The LEAD Center published its LEAD On! Quarterly Newsletter for March 2020. Featured is information on the Online Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Data Visualization Tool. This interactive resource displays data on the required disability-related WIOA reporting elements by state. The newsletter also highlights Financial Literacy Month in April.

Read the LEAD Center newsletter

Autism Resources

April is Autism Awareness Month. The WorkforceGPS website posted "Workplace Resources for Autism Spectrum Disorder," a tool to support employers who hire individuals with autism, including information from the Job Accommodation Network on workplace accommodations. Tools to support individuals and families are also provided.

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