In recent years, corporate America has undergone significant shifts in how it talks about disability and employment, with leading companies now actively incorporating it into their workforce diversity and inclusion goals. In 2014, updates to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act added further fuel to these shifts by strengthening federal contractors’ responsibilities to take affirmative action to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities. One major component of these updates is the requirement that federal contractors invite applicants and employees to voluntarily self-identify as people with disabilities.
This Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) webinar will address strategies for achieving disability inclusion goals by encouraging employees to understand the value of self-identifying. It is targeted at federal contractors and other companies interested in fostering a disability-inclusive work culture; however, it is important to note that invitations to self-identify as individuals with disabilities are permissible only when the question is being asked for affirmative action purposes such as those prescribed by Section 503 or a voluntarily adopted program.
- Brett Sheats (Session Chair), National Project Director, Employer TA Center/EARN
- Shaun McGill (Moderator), Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
- Kathleen Lee, Business Outreach Specialist, Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) School and the Employment and Disability Institute (EDI)
- Lori Golden, Abilities Strategy Leader, Americas People Team, Ernst & Young, LLP
This webinar will be live captioned. In addition, a captioned recording of the webinar, as well as copies of the presentation slides, will be archived and available on AskEARN.org the week following the webinar.
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This webinar is approved for 1.5 HR General recertification credit hour through the HR Certification Institute.