Employment/Family Support – The Arc Releases Report, Video on Paid Family and Medical Leave

Last week, The Arc and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality released a first of its kind paper outlining why paid family and medical leave is a necessity for the economic security and stability of people with disabilities and their families.

The Arc also released a video featuring one family’s paid leave story, and a set of stories profiling several workers whose paid leave stories highlight the disability perspective.

Learn more at: http://www.thearc.org/paidleave.

Employment – Senate Approves Alex Acosta as Labor Secretary

On April 27, the Senate confirmed Alex Acosta as Secretary of Labor by a vote of 60-38. The Department of Labor is the agency responsible for the implementation of federal labor and employment laws, including those relating to wages and hours. Additionally, it includes the Office of Disability Employment Policy which is a non-regulatory agency that promotes employment of people with disabilities.

Employment – Senate Committee Votes to Approve Secretary of Labor Nomination

On March 30, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 12-11 to recommend that the full Senate confirm Alexander Acosta to be the Secretary of Labor. The Department of Labor is the agency responsible for the implementation of federal labor and employment laws, including those relating to wages and hours. Additionally, it includes the Office of Disability Employment Policy which is a non-regulatory agency that promotes employment of people with disabilities.

Employment – Senate to Hold Confirmation Vote for Secretary of Labor Nominee

On March 22, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Alex Acosta to be the Secretary of Labor, which was originally scheduled for March 15. The committee is scheduled to vote on his nomination on March 30. The Department of Labor is the agency responsible for the implementation of federal labor and employment laws, including those relating to wages and hours. Additionally, it includes the Office of Disability Employment Policy which is a non-regulatory agency that promotes employment of people with disabilities.

Employment – Senate to Hold Confirmation Hearing for Secretary of Labor Nominee

On March 15, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of Alexander Acosta to be the Secretary of Labor. The Department of Labor is the agency responsible for the implementation of federal labor and employment laws, including those relating to wages and hours. Additionally, it includes the Office of Disability Employment Policy which is a non-regulatory agency that promotes employment of people with disabilities. Visit the Committee web site for more information or to access live video the day of the hearing.

Employment – RSA Releases Technical Assistance Manual

The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) released its Fiscal Year 2017 Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Supported Employment Services Programs Monitoring and Technical Assistance Guide. The guide covers the Vocational Rehabilitation program under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act and the supported employment program under Title VI of the Rehabilitation Act. It covers five focus areas to be addressed during technical assistance visits: 1) performance of the VR and Supported Employment programs, including competitive integrated employment outcomes; 2) transition services and employment outcomes for youth with disabilities, including pre-employment services; 3) supported employment for individuals with the most significant disabilities, including youth; 4) fiscal integrity of the programs; and 5) progress of VR agencies toward implementing planning and accountability requirements.

Employment – Andrew Puzder Withdraws as Labor Secretary Nominee, President Nominates Alexander Acosta

On February 15, Labor Secretary-Designate Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination. The next day President Trump nominated Alexander Acosta, Dean of the Florida International University School of Law. The Department of Labor is the agency responsible for the implementation of federal labor and employment laws, including those relating to wages and hours. Additionally, it includes the Office of Disability Employment Policy which is a non-regulatory agency that promotes employment of people with disabilities.

Employment – Senate to Hold Confirmation Hearing for Secretary of Labor Nominee

On February 16, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of Andrew Puzder to be the Secretary of Labor. The Department of Labor is the agency responsible for the implementation of federal labor and employment laws, including those relating to wages and hours. Additionally, it includes the Office of Disability Employment Policy which is a non-regulatory agency that promotes employment of people with disabilities. Visit the Committee web site for more information or to access live video the day of the hearing.

Employment – Rehabilitation Services Administration Releases FAQ on WIOA Definition of Integrated Location

The Rehabilitation Services Administration has released a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document on the “integrated location” criteria of the definition of “competitive integrated employment” under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The setting must be “typically found in the community” and “Where the employee with a disability interacts, for the purpose of performing the duties of the position, with other employees within the particular work unit and the entire work site, and, as appropriate to the work performed, other persons (e.g., customers and vendors) who are not individuals with disabilities (not including supervisory personnel or individuals who are providing services to such employee) to the same extent that employees who are not individuals with disabilities and who are in comparable positions interact with these persons.” The document also provides further clarifications of the definition.

Employment/Rights – Final Affirmative Action Rule for People with Disabilities Issued

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its final rule to amend the regulations that require federal agencies to engage in affirmative action for individuals with disabilities. These changes clarify the obligations that the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 imposes on federal agencies as employers that are over and above the obligation to not discriminate on the basis of disability. The regulation does not apply to the private sector or to state or local governments. This final rule will be effective on March 6, 2017.