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Human Rights Commission Rejects Holding that Strep Throat Can’t Be Disability

Disability Network Settles Disability Bias Lawsuit
Disability Network, a nonprofit organization that fosters independent living for people with disabilities, will pay $38,500 to settle a federal disability discrimination lawsuit.

Flextime to Accommodate Disabilities More Common at Small Companies
Large employers should try harder to ‘reinvent the way work is done,’ report concludes.  

Southwest Cities Rank High for People with Disabilities


Future Pregnancies Addressed in EEOC Guidance
Pregnancy discrimination is focus for new EEOC chairwoman.

Cancer Patient’s Firing Raises ADA Accommodation Questions
Avoid assumptions about illness; explore creative schedules, new tasks.  


Federal Workforce Diversity Grows Slightly
The federal government has increased the diversity of its workforce and seen a decline in EEO complaints.


Timing of PIP, Performance Review Suggest Retaliation
Stray remarks that sound like disability discrimination may not show a hostile work environment. 


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.


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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
 5.1%: Unemployment rate for persons with no disability, not seasonally adjusted
20.3%: Percentage of people with disabilities in the labor force
68.1%: Percentage of people with no disability in the labor force

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


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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.


SHRM/DOL Campaign 'Who I Am' 
A new public service announcement titled “Who I Am” addresses the question: “When we look at someone, do we see all of who they are?”  It features nine people who aren't defined solely by their disability, but by sum of their many life roles—which include jobs they love.

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