February 20, 2013
The U.S. Department of Labor released a new resource. Check out the Employment and Training Administration's Employer Resource Guide for Hiring and Retaining Persons with Disabilities. The guide provides employers, human resource personnel, hiring managers and supervisors with relevant Federal, state and local level information around their legal obligations, along with resources that can assist in identifying, paying for, and implementing effective accommodation strategies, in hiring and/or retaining qualified employees with disabilities.
If you are an employer or service provider, check out our other resources at http://choosework.net/library/resources-materials-providers.html.
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February 24, 2012
If you have a disability and are interested in working for the U.S. government, you should know about Schedule A, a Federal hiring initiative sponsored by the Office of Personnel Management. Schedule A helps make the hiring process easier for people with disabilities. Schedule A jobs have a shorter interview process and offer quicker on-site job placement.
You can have an exciting job, earn good wages, and receive medical benefits as a Federal employee. Schedule A is a win for people who have a disability and the employers who hire them. Read further to learn more about Schedule A.
Schedule A Fast Facts for People Who Have a Disability
The Schedule A hiring process allows federal agencies to interview, hire and/or promote people with disabilities without going through the “normal competitive process” required when applying for jobs online through www.usajobs.gov.
Schedule A benefits you by providing a connection between you and the employer.
Schedule A provides shorter interviews and job placement more quickly without you having to go through long traditional government interview processes.
To be eligible for Schedule A, you must have a disability that falls into one of three categories:
Jobs posted on www.usajobs.gov will not be searchable or categorized as Schedule A jobs.
To find jobs, you should review job vacancy announcements posted on www.usajobs.gov and submit resumes for positions that are of interest. Please note, you can contact a Special Placement Coordinator(s) in the agency for which you wish to work for help.
Special Placement Coordinator(s) are people at each agency who understand Schedule A and are trained to assist people with disabilities. They will help you navigate the agency's interview and hiring process.
The "Schedule A Letter" can come from licensed medical professionals (e.g., your doctor), vocational rehabilitation (VR) specialists, and Federal or State agencies that issue or provide disability benefits. The same professional can also provide a letter certifying you are job ready.
Certification of job readiness is determined through the letter from your benefits provider, your resume, as well as during your interview.
Once you find a job and apply, let the agency know you are eligible for Schedule A by sending your resume with an attached copy of your "Schedule A Letter" and your certification of job readiness.
If you are selected, you will be interviewed in a timely manner and placed in the job if your skills and qualifications meet the requirements of the agency.
Start building your future today! To learn more about Schedule A, read The ABCs of Schedule A.
No matter what kind of job you are looking for, a service provider can help. Learn more about Ticket to Work and how it can lead to a good job, a good career, and a better self-supporting future. Visit www.socialsecurity.gov/work, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call our Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD).
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February 21, 2012
If you have a disability and are ready to work or return to work, 2012 offers an optimistic outlook for employment opportunities. With a surge in disability employment support from both the White House and President Obama, you can expect positive changes on the employment front.
Below are some of the federal hiring initiatives that could positively affect Ticket to Work participants like you in 2012.
Ticket to Work can provide you with training, career counseling, and job support. Find a service provider in your area.
Learn more about Ticket to Work and how it can lead to a good job, a good career, and a better self-supporting future. Visit www.socialsecurity.gov/work, email us at email@example.com or call our Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD).
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January 23, 2012
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs recently presented a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on a change to affirmative action requirements that may help Social Security disability beneficiaries go to work or enter the workforce for the first time. The proposed rule requires private businesses that provide contract work for the Federal government set a disability employment hiring goal of seven percent. The new requirement applies generally to all employers who have contracts or subcontracts with the Federal government that exceed $10,000.
This proposed rule is part of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Why Revise the Regulation Now?
The most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that people with disabilities face much higher unemployment rates than people without disabilities. Similar proposed rules demonstrate the Federal government’s commitment to close the employment gap for people with disabilities.
New Rule to Affect Social Security Disability Beneficiaries
Social Security disability beneficiaries participating in the Ticket to Work program may have the opportunity to benefit from the proposed rule since it will require Federal contractors to implement the following actions:
DOL Encourages Comments from the Public
DOL's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs welcomes public commentary on the proposal. Comments must be submitted by February 7, 2012 at http://www.regulations.gov/. For more information, please visit http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/faqs/Section503_NPRM_faq.htm.
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