We welcome Attorney Jill Fisher, Esquire, as an expert contributor on compliance issues. Read this article in the July 2009 Counterpoint, the Official Publication of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute "ADA Amendments Act - What you NEED to know!" written by leading experts Janet Fiore, CEO and Jill Fisher, Esquire.
Teleseminars on Disability, Diversity, and the Changing Workforce. One hour of learning that can change the way that you think.
Tech Update: Read an article about the implications of 32-bit and 64-bit processors for Assistive Technology Solutions.
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Welcome to Employment Incentives, a website that promotes and shares information about the economic incentives available to businesses that hire and retain employees with disabilities. This site has information on Federal and state programs and initiatives designed to promote the hiring of qualified candidates with disabilities.
The Sierra Group’s Foundation follows economic development issues around the country and captures information, forms, financial updates, and user insights, in an effort to help businesses easily search through the myriad of available information efficiently, and from a single source. The Sierra Group is a national consultancy that offers an array of vocational rehabilitation, recruiting, consulting, and training services designed to serve the needs of insurance companies, businesses, and workers with disabilities. The Sierra Group and our Foundation stand for reversing the high rate of unemployment for people with disabilities.
The costs to develop the content on these pages and to manage and research the informational articles and materials that are presented are funded by The Sierra Group Foundation – the research and charitable Foundation of The Sierra Group, Inc.
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You will also see a Search for One More Way search tool on the pages in this site. This is a focused disability and employment search engine, powered by Google that cuts through the vast information available on the web and connects our fans, users, and partners to one another for services, for employment information, and for candidates with disabilities. Please take a moment and help build this tool by submitting an informational website that you think that others would enjoy visiting.
Janet Fiore, The Sierra Group, was featured in Business Journal
Janet Fiore, The Sierra Group, was featured in this week’s Business Journal CEO Profile! In fact, she made the front page!! The article shares her life motto, yardstick of success & more. Check it out at: The Philadelphia Business Journal CEO Profile.
Janet Fiore will present at The National Rehabilitation Association 2012 Annual Training Conference
Chosen for her ability to speak the languages of vocational rehabilitation leader, practitioner, woman with a disability, and corporate recruiter/consultant, Janet D. Fiore will train other leaders and job placement professionals at the upcoming professional development conference of the country's premier VR association – The National Rehabilitation Association. As past president of NARL (The National Association for Rehabilitation Leaders) and past Ortale Lecturer for the JPD (Job Placement Division) Fiore will share tips and tricks from the world of corporate recruiting. Her presentation will balance the 'dual customer' ethical responsibilities of the VR/CRC professional with the growing need to artfully disclose disability in order to meet the growing affirmative DEMAND for job seekers with disabilities. OFCCP compliance is giving the VR leader, and the VR placement professional a brand new opportunity. And, some tricky issues to navigate as we rethink our personal and professional views on disclosure in the application process.
Fiore will share her experiences as a featured speaker at the recent AAAA conference on the topic of Linkage Agreements between Federal Contractors and job placement professionals. For registration information.
When: August 24-26, 2012; Pre-conference sessions on August 23rd
Where: Hyatt Regency McCormick Place 2233 S. Martin Luther King Drive
Chicago, IL 60616
Can't make it to Chicago? Contact us for a custom training at your location. Webinar options available by request. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800.973.7687 x110 to book a training.
Access Achievement Award
On October 21st, The Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities recognized Janet Fiore, CEO of The Sierra Group, with an Access Achievement Award for her work and dedication to people with disabilities.
Video of Janet Fiore's acceptance speech at the Philadelphia Mayor's Commission Access Achievement Award on October 21, 2011.
Sierra Group Foundation Liberty Academy & Philadelphia Business Journal
In conjunction with Disability Mentoring Day, The Academy had representatives at The Philadelphia Business Journal’s Best Places to Work event in October. For the first time, this event honored companies that hired people with disabilities.
U.S. Census Bureau released a new report entitled "Americans With Disabilities: 2010"
The U.S. Census Bureau released a new report entitled "Americans With Disabilities: 2010," which states that 56.7 million Americans or 1 in 5, has a disability, with more than half of these individuals reporting the disability as significant.
Included in the findings was that between 2005 and 2010, the number of individuals with disabilities increased at the same rate as the general population.
New reports and estimates on DisabilityStatistics.org
- 2009 Disability Status Reports for the US, all 50 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico (pdf & accessible HTML versions).
- Spanish language versions of all 53 Disability Status Reports for 2008 and 2009.
- Enhanced interactive disability statistics search tool now includes both 2008 and 2009 ACS estimates as well as 2010 CPS work limitation disability estimates.
EEOC Publishes ADAAA Final Regulations – Effective May 24, 2011
"The EEOC’s final regulations implementing the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) were published in the March 25, 2011 Federal Register. They become effective May 24, 2011. The major focus of the regulations is the definition of a disability."
"The Act and the new regulations will make it easier for individuals to claim protection under the law, as the definition of a disability is broadened and easier to meet. This will result in the need for employers to provide more accommodations, and will require employers to shift their focus from whether an individual has a disability to whether discrimination occurred." – EHS & Safety News America
Read the full article from EHS & Safety News America,EEOC Publishes ADAAA Final Regulations – Effective May 24, 2011.
National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo Offers Networking and Federal Contracting Opportunities
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will host the National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo, August 15-18th, 2011, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The largest nationwide conference of its kind, the National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo provides Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs and SDVOSBs) with an opportunity to learn, network and market their businesses. The conference will offer a variety of sessions on navigating the Federal acquisition process including finance, compliance, business development, marketing, strategy, contract management, human resources, technology, and program management. A VA Open House has been added to the event to give Veterans from both the conference and local region the opportunity to experience the wide range of resources available to the Veteran community. The National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo is open to both government and non-government personnel. For more information and to register for the conference, go to www.nationalveteransconference.com.
Now Microsoft Wins with Accessible Recruiting
The Sierra Group thanks Suzanne Robitaille of www.abledbody.com for this article summarizing a few of the highlights from our teleseminar on "Accessible Recruiting, Part I".
Hiring a diverse workforce has many benefits, such as giving a company a more multicultural perspective that can enhance their product offerings. When hiring a candidate with a disability, however, there are a few extra steps a company can take to make sure the experience is accessible – and successful — for everyone.
The Sierra Group is proud to offer CART services (Communication Access Realtime Translation)
The Sierra Group is proud to offer CART services (Communication Access Realtime Translation) for all of our Teleseminar and Web-based training broadcasts. Check out a TV clip of one of our CART service providers (ACS) on the Chicago NBC Affilitate!
Revised ADA Regulations Implementing Title II and Title III take effect March 15, 2011
Revised regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) take effect on March 15, 2011. The regulations apply to the activities of more than 80,000 units of state and local government and more than seven million places of public accommodation, including stores, restaurants, museums, sporting arenas, movie theaters, doctors’ and dentists’ offices, hotels, jails and prisons, polling places and emergency preparedness shelters.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Announces Final Bipartisan Regulations ADA Amendments Act
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) final regulations to implement the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) have been released. Like the law they implement, the regulations simplify the determination of who has a “disability” and will make it easier for people to establish that they are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). EEOC has several fact sheets that explain the ADAAA, including Questions and Answers on the Final Rule Implementing the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and Questions and Answers for Small Businesses: The Final Rule Implementing the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
Excerpt from the blog of Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President:
The ADAAA sent the message to the American people that individuals with disabilities must be full and equal members of our society. With the release of the EEOC’s regulations, employers across the country will have a clear set of guidelines and rules of the road to ensure equality for Americans with disabilities. This will help ensure civil rights protection for people with “invisible disabilities.” Moreover, the EEOC’s regulations restore the original intent of Congress to cover many disabilities that had been excluded by the courts such as multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, epilepsy, diabetes and many others, meaning that more people will be able to reach for the American dream.
Approximately 1 out of every 6 Americans lives with a disability. And millions more have a family member or friend who lives with a disability. Thanks to a bipartisan spirit, with these EEOC regulations, millions of people will be able to successfully put their American work ethic to use helping our businesses, our governments and our schools out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the global competition to win the future.
Social Security Fast-Track Disability Processes Get Even Faster New Rules - Will Further Speed Benefits to Tens of Thousands of Americans with Disabilities.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the latest disability employment statistics.
ADA Amendments Act - What you NEED to know! READ this article by leading experts, Janet Fiore, CEO & Jill Fisher, Esq.
The July 2009 edition of Counterpoint, The Official Publication of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute features an article written by subject matter experts Janet Fiore, The Sierra Group, and Jill Fisher, Esquire, Zarwin, Baum, DeVito, Kaplan, Schaer, Toddy, P.C. Pennsylvania Defense Institute Counterpoint July 2009
This published article is a quick reference for any hiring manager, human resource or rehabilitation professional who needs a clear, factual update on the changes to this important piece of civil rights legislation. Fiore and Fisher consult and speak on this topic locally, regionally and nationally. Contact us for more information on a presentation or consultation.
Read the full article in PDF format. 372 K (opens in a new browser window)
ADA Amendments Act of 2008 Publications
The USBLN® is pleased to announce that Robert "Bobby" Silverstein, a principal with the Washington, D.C. law firm Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, is available to provide consultations on the employment provisions of the final regulation implementing the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. In addition to his law practice, he also serves as director of the Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy. Prior to joining the law firm, Mr. Silverstein spent over ten years on Capitol Hill where he was staff director and chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy where he was the behind-the-scenes architect of 20 bills enacted into law including the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Mr. Silverstein prepared the attached three documents for the USBLN® members. These highly informative publications include an "Overview of the EEOC Final Regulation Implementing the ADA Amendments Act of 2008," a detailed "Description and Analysis of EEOC's Final Regulation Implementing the ADA Amendments Act of 2008," and "Resource Materials for the ADA Amendments Act of 2008" that includes several important links.
Veterans' Benefits Update: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Begins Pilot Programs to Speed Payments to Veterans with Disabilities
The VA has launched two pilot programs to find new ways to speed up the payment of VA compensation benefits to Veterans with disabilities connected to their military service. The "Quick Pay" (QP) Disability Program and the "Express Lane" (EL) Pilot are among more than 3 dozen VA initiatives exploring new ways to deliver benefits and improve service to Veterans.
Self Employment/Entrepreneurship Update: Home Based Businesses
What do Apple Computer, Hershey Chocolate, Mary Kay Cosmetics and the Ford Motor Company have in common? They all started out as home based businesses. Find resources that will help you learn more about working out of your house, starting a home-based business and managing your business.
Many veterans with PTSD struggle to find supportive employment
Experts say simple accommodations can greatly improve their success in the workplace, but many employers are still wary of hiring those with mental disabilities.
Military and Federal Employee Discounts
Many businesses offer military discounts; all you have to do is ask.
All Federal employees are able to get a 15% discount on their personal cell phones by calling their carrier and mentioning the "Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 - Discount to Federal Employees Past and Present."
More information on how to obtain Military and Federal Employee Discounts. 24 K (opens in a new browser window)
US Labor Department Helps Employers Understand Responsibilities under Disability Nondiscrimination Laws
New online tool helps further equality and full access for people with disabilities
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor unveiled a new tool to help America's employers ensure their employment policies and practices do not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities.
"Today, we made it easier for employers of all sizes to access the talents of the 36 million Americans with disabilities," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathleen Martinez. "By providing this interactive and easy-to-use online tool, both workers and employers can readily access and understand their rights and responsibilities under our federal disability nondiscrimination laws."
The online Disability Nondiscrimination Law Advisor, available at http://www.dol.gov/elaws/odep.htm, helps employers quickly and simply determine which federal disability nondiscrimination laws apply to their business or organization and their responsibilities under them. It asks users to answer a few relevant questions in order to take into account relevant variables, such as nature of organization, size of staff and whether the business or organization receives federal financial assistance. Based on the responses provided, the advisor then generates a customized list of federal disability nondiscrimination laws that likely apply, along with easy-to-understand information about employers' responsibilities under them.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) Expands Compassionate Allowance
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced that it is adding 38 more conditions to its list of Compassionate Allowances. The new conditions range from adult brain disorders to rare diseases that primarily affect children. Compassionate Allowances are a way of quickly identifying diseases and other medical conditions that clearly qualify for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability benefits. It allows the agency to electronically target and make speedy decisions for the most obviously disabled individuals.
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