Employment News

News Release: DOL Announces $8M Funding Availability to Advance Equitable, Inclusive Workforce Service Delivery for People with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the availability of $8 million in funding over four years to manage the Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Policy Development Center. Once awarded, the center will continue to ensure people with disabilities, including those from historically underserved communities, have equal access to publicly funded workforce programs and services.

Resource: Telework as a Reasonable Accommodation

This tool from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) can help employers process requests for telework as reasonable accommodations.

Blog: Bringing Lessons from Autism IT Initiatives to Everyone

Jonathan Katz, policy advisor and Presidential Management Fellow at the Department of Labor, posted a blog recognizing National Autism Month. Katz discusses the IT industry’s leadership in recruiting and retaining autistic individuals.

Disability Accommodation and COVID-19: Ten Emerging Issues for Employers

This article reviews a “top ten” list of emerging issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the implementation of vaccine policies that comport with federal and state laws, the development of management strategies that effectively engage remote workers, and the assessment of an increased number of requests for accommodations from individuals whose pre-existing physical or mental health conditions have been exacerbated by the pandemic, as well as from individuals who have acquired new impairments as a result of the pandemic.