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Online Dialogue Examines Hiring People with Disabilities

Lengthy Leave Doesn’t Doom ADA Claims 
Terminating someone who's been on leave more than a year might open a company to ADA claims.

Terminations: Tips for Reducing Liability
Before firing, consider medical conditions, disabilities, discrimination claims. 

Firefighter Fired for Drug Use Can Pursue ADA Discrimination Claim 
A Florida firefighter who was fired for failing a drug test may proceed with his claim that the termination violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and a comparable state law.

Marathon Victim: New Outlook on Disabilities
More than a year after she lost part of her left leg during the Boston Marathon bombings, Heather Abbott now promotes fair employment practices for people with disabilities.

Telecommuting is Reasonable Accommodation Under ADA
Employers may have to let workers telecommute even if teamwork is an important part of the employee’s job, a federal appellate court ruled.

Don’t Rule Out Applicants Because of Employment History Gaps 
Many businesses are reconsidering negative assumptions about employment gaps on applicants’ resumes—and HR is leading the way.


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Marching Beyond Compliance 
Effective practices for defining your diversity strategy, information about key resources, and a free recruitment program that matches employers with qualified students with disabilities. 
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 About This Page


The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is an Alliance partner of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). SHRM and ODEP work together to increase the employment of individuals with disabilities. As part of this partnership, SHRM has joined The Campaign for Disability Employment, a nationwide effort to highlight the value and talent people with disabilities bring to the workplace as well as the dividends realized by their full inclusion at work. 

An Introduction
Read an overview of the strategic, legal and practical issues associated with employing persons with disabilities.

Disability Employment Guide Available
The U.S. Dept. of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy has  released a new guide, Business Strategies that Work: A Framework for Disability Inclusion.

What Can YOU Do?
The Campaign for Disability Employment encourages employers to:

Watch this: "I Can" video 

Current U.S. Unemployment Statistics for Persons with Disabilities, Not Seasonally Adjusted


Unemployment rate for people with disabilities
 6.3%: Unemployment rate for persons with no disability, not seasonally adjusted
19.4%: Percentage of people with disabilities in the labor force
69.4%: Percentage of people with no disability in the labor force

Source: July 2014
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


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The Disability Divide
Barry Lundquist, president of the Council of Disability Awareness, says employees have misperceptions about the most likely causes of disabilities.
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Find a list of helpful and ready-to-use resources such as recruiting sources, hotlines, legal guidance and etiquette tips here.

New FAQs on Recruitment, Retention
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network has answers to FAQs ​on recruiting and retaining people with disabilities, including veterans.