Employment News

New Analysis of U.S. Employers Reveals Five Common Attributes of Companies that Excel in Welcoming People with Disabilities into Workforce

The results of the 2017 Disability Employment TrackerTM reveal that companies with a higher than average representation of workers with disabilities share key employment practices that promote and support inclusion.

“More Businesses Are Opening Up to People with Disabilities”

This article highlights some of the companies who participated in the Disability Equality Index (DEI), a survey conducted by the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).

Employment Success Stories

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) posted a new profile in its Policies in Practice Series. Read about Erin Thompson, an Administrative Assistant at Rosetta Stone’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Erin, who has Down syndrome, handles a variety of tasks in the office and is active in her community.

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) recently also published two new profiles of Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) participants on its Success Stories webpage. The WRP, a free service managed by ODEP and the U.S. Department of Defense, connects employers with highly qualified postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities. The profiles highlight how CVS Health and Northrop Grumman Corporation were able to meet their talent needs through two outstanding WRP participants: Afomeya Mekonnen, a graduate of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., and LeAndre Yarrell, a graduate of Wilmington University in Delaware.

Using Assistive Technology in the Workplace

The Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Blog features this post from AbleData, which offers tips on obtaining assistive technology (AT) in the workplace, and highlights a few products – from ergonomic computer keyboards to adaptive bale spears to help with harvesting hay – to get the creative juices flowing.

“Mandatory Flu Shots Are a Risky Proposition”

This article reminds employers there may be some limitations on their ability to require employees to get flu shots, and offers tips to help encourage workers to voluntarily get flu shots.