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July 10, 2020

Americans with Disabilities Act 30th Anniversary

The Office of Disability Employment Policy posted information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of its signing on July 26, 1990. Featured is a timeline highlighting disability employment legislation enacted since the signing of the ADA and other notable related events from the past 30 years. Also included are suggestions on ways for organizations and individuals to celebrate ADA30.

Visit ODEP's ADA30 webpage

View the ADA30 timeline

Celebrating ADA30 Webinar

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) will host a webinar on "Celebrating ADA30: A Discussion on Youth Employment from the ADA Generation" on July 24 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET. During this webinar, young people with disabilities who grew up after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), known as the "ADA Generation," will discuss their experiences in the workplace and offer ideas to help employers attract young people with disabilities. They will address policies and programs of particular interest to younger workers with disabilities; including internship, apprenticeship, and mentorship opportunities, and how to ensure they are accessible. They will also touch on how young people with disabilities view disability disclosure and self-identification. A representative from the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire will review key findings of the "2020 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey: Recent College Graduates."

Register for "Celebrating ADA30: A Discussion on Youth Employment from the ADA Generation"

Read the "2020 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey: Recent College Graduates"

Workforce Recruitment Program Seeks Federal Recruiters

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) seeks federal employees to act as volunteer recruiters during the WRP recruitment season from October 26 through November 18, 2020. The WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and select private-sector employers nationwide with college students and recent graduates with disabilities for summer and permanent jobs. Recruiters must commit to conducting at least 10 informational interviews with students by phone during the recruitment season and must complete a 90-minute online training this summer. Registration is open until August 14, 2020.

Register on the WRP website by clicking the Recruiter Registration button

FFCRA Questions and Answers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) posted the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): Questions and Answers." This comprehensive guide provides compliance assistance to workers and employers on their rights and responsibilities regarding coronavirus-related paid leave (sick and expanded family and medical leave) under the FFCRA. Question and answer categories include definitions, eligibility, coverage, application, and enforcement.

Read the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers"

Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act Self-Compliance Tool

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) released a proposed Self-Compliance Tool intended to help improve compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) and additional related requirements under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. The tool will enable group health plans, plan sponsors, plan administrators, health insurance issuers, and other parties to determine whether a group health plan or a health insurance issuer complies with the provisions in both laws. EBSA is requesting public comments on the MHPAEA’s Self-Compliance Tool proposed revisions by July 24, 2020. After considering all feedback, the Department will issue a Final 2020 MHPAEA Self-Compliance Tool with any necessary clarifications.

Read the EBSA news release

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