ODEP News Brief. Driving Change - Creating Opportunity

February 22, 2019

Section 188 Webinar — February 27 from 3:00-4:30 PM ET

The U.S. Department of Labor's Civil Rights Center (CRC), ODEP, the LEAD Center, and leaders from state workforce systems will present a webinar to release an updated online “Promising Practices in Achieving Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity: A Section 188 Disability Reference Guide.” The updated and expanded Guide provides state and regional workforce systems and partners with a quick and easy way to identify successful strategies and new promising practices that promote equal opportunity for youth and adults with disabilities. This webinar will review this resource and offer attendees the opportunity to learn about the successful implementation of these strategies and practices firsthand. Workforce system representatives from several states will detail their use of the Guide and perspectives on how the Guide helps them prioritize and inform their service delivery and training. Attendees will hear about the specific strategies that have been most impactful in these states, and can ask questions about what they can do in their own systems.

Register for the Section 188 Disability Reference Guide webinar

Expert Insight from the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program

The Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) published a Subject Matter Expert (SME) Insight column called “Digging a Bit Deeper into Two Useful Funding Streams.” In this article, Rachel Pollock, Senior Program Advisor at Job Path Inc., and Jeannine Pavlak, President and CEO of New England Business Associates, discuss paid work experiences and the Ticket to Work program as methods to expand opportunities for young people in transition.

Read the EFSLMP SME Insight column

New JAN Blog

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) posted a blog on “Vitamin Deficiency — A Hidden Workplace Concern.” Blog author Sarah Small, Consultant on JAN's Cognitive/Neurological Team, explains that some people may have difficulty absorbing or maintaining vitamin levels needed for their body to function properly, which may be related to an underlying medical condition. Insufficient levels of certain vitamins can cause symptoms that could require workplace accommodations. In the blog, Small outlines potential symptoms and offers ideas for accommodations.

Read the JAN blog

PEAT Attends CES

Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) Co-Director Josh Christianson attended the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and wrote a recap of the event, “Accessibility Rising at CES 2019.” Christianson describes how the next-generation technology on display at CES can transform the workplace and make it more inclusive for people with disabilities. Organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), CES is the global stage for innovations in emerging technology, and helps to shape PEAT's focus on the future of work.

Read “Accessibility Rising at CES 2019”
Learn about PEAT's Future of Work resources

FLSA Reference Guide

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) launched an enhanced electronic version of the “Handy Reference Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).” This online tool assists employers and workers with a simple, easy-to-follow resource that provides basic FLSA information, as well as links to other resources. WHD established this electronic guide as part of its ongoing efforts to modernize compliance assistance materials for employers and workers, and to provide easily accessible, plain-language information that will guide them to compliance. The Reference Guide is formatted for laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices, provides immediate access to materials employers frequently need, and allows users to tailor their experience by exploring available information at whatever level of detail they choose.

Use the FLSA online reference guide

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