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Resources that support workforce mental health and well-being

Posted on May 17, 2024

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month,  the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) published a special edition of its News Brief.  It talks about the many resources the U.S. Department of Labor has to help employers, workers, service providers, and policymakers learn about and take action on workforce mental health and well-being. To learn...
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DOT looking for comments on service animal transportation forms

Posted on May 16, 2024

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is looking for comments on the service animal forms airlines may require passengers to complete before traveling.  It is asking for comments on renewing the Relief Attestation Form and on changes to the Air Transportation Form. Comments may also be made on ways to improve the quality and use...
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Supporting the mental health of workers who are members of marginalized communities

Posted on May 15, 2024

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) has a new web page, Mental Health and Marginalized Communities.  It provides information about supporting the mental health of workers who are members of marginalized communities and provides action steps for employers.  These steps include: Build trust and make sure there is privacy and confidentiality...
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Accessible adventures with the National Park Service

Posted on May 7, 2024

The National Park Service is dedicated to accessibility, offering resources for visitors and employees with disabilities. Each park's website features an accessibility section for trip planning. Plus, the Access Pass provides lifetime access to 2,000+ federal recreation sites. Learn about the Access Pass. Check out the National Park Service Accessibility Website.
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EEOC has new guidance to help prevent harassment in the workplace

Posted on April 30, 2024

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has new guidance to help prevent harassment in the workplace, “Enforcement Guidance on Harassment in the Workplace.” It covers legal standards and employer's responsibilities concerning harassment claims under the federal employment discrimination laws that the EEOC enforces. The guidance will help people feel safer on the job and...
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New rule to increase nondiscrimination protections and improve civil rights in health care

Posted on April 30, 2024

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has a new final rule that applies to Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act — which doesn't allow discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability. The final rule improves civil rights protections for people who use health programs and services funded...
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New guide for employers on disability disclosure in the workplace

Posted on April 26, 2024

Deciding whether to share personal information, such as disclosing a disability, is hard for many employees. The new guide “411 on Disability Disclosure: Employer Edition” from the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) helps employers better understand an employee's decision-making process, the important role employers play in creating a supportive workplace, and...
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Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to pay $720,000 in EEOC disability discrimination lawsuit

Posted on April 26, 2024

TDTG Las Vegas, LLC; Fifth Street Gaming, LLC; and DTG Las Vegas Manager, LLC, which run the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, will pay $720,000 and take other actions to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The Casino Resort did not provide reasonable accommodations...
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New rule for state and local governments on web and mobile app accessibility

Posted on April 25, 2024

In April, the Federal Register published the U.S. Department of Justice’s final rule updating its Americans with Disabilities Act Title II regulations. This rule provides state and local governments with new requirements to make their websites and mobile applications (apps) accessible to people with disabilities.  Many government programs, services, and activities are now provided online....
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BaronHR to pay $2.2 million in EEOC hiring discrimination lawsuit

Posted on April 24, 2024

The staffing agency BaronHR, LLC will pay $2.2 million and will have to change its employment practices to prevent future discriminatory hiring nationally. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought the lawsuit on behalf of a class of Black, Asian, white, and other non-Hispanic workers, male and female workers, and workers with disabilities who were...
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BART settlement will improve elevator and escalator access

Posted on April 19, 2024

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has settled a class action lawsuit brought by members of the disability community. The lawsuit said that BART has continually failed to provide full and equal access to its stations and services, which is against the Americans with Disabilities Act, BART has agreed to improve its elevator and escalator services...
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Updated guidance on federal laws protecting the rights of voters with disabilities

Posted on April 19, 2024

The Department of Justice has updated guidance on their website, The Americans with Disabilities Act and Other Federal Laws Protecting the Rights of Voters with Disabilities. It talks about the legal protections for people with disabilities that require full access to all aspects of elections, including registration and voting. For more information on this and...
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Justice Department to publish final rule to strengthen web and mobile app access for people with disabilities

Posted on April 9, 2024

The Attorney General signed a final rule under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The rule clarifies the requirement that State and local governments need to make their websites and mobile apps accessible for people with disabilities. This rule will help people with disabilities use websites and mobile apps to access important...
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U.S. Attorney’s Office reaches settlement with Chandler Nail Salon to end disability discrimination

Posted on April 8, 2024

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has reached a settlement with a nail salon in Arizona to address claims that the salon discriminates against people with mobility disabilities. This goes against the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The settlement requires Canvas Nails & Spa LLC to do three things: Approve a non-discrimination policy and put it up...
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Share ideas about disability inclusion in small businesses

Posted on March 26, 2024

The Department of Labor wants to hear from people about how to support small businesses owned by individuals with disabilities or that plan to hire or have workers with disabilities. They're asking for ideas on how to support the success of small businesses and improve job opportunities for people with disabilities. Share your ideas  ...
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FCC wants feedback on ASL and multilingual emergency alerts

Posted on March 21, 2024

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asking for people's opinions (until April 8, 2024) on its proposal to make emergency video alerts available in American Sign Language (ASL) and in certain non-English languages. The FCC decided on some new rules last year. These rules say that wireless providers must put out certain emergency alerts in...
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EEOC releases two reports on the federal workforce and disabilities

Posted on March 21, 2024

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released two reports on people with disabilities in the federal workforce. One report focuses on the impact of telework on Personal Assistance Services (PAS), and how agencies changed their PAS programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. PAS are supports given to people with certain disabilities, like deafness or paralysis,...
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Pacific ADA Center Newsletter – Breaking Waves, March 2024

Posted on March 15, 2024

This edition of Breaking Waves includes items about : Our new Center on Disability website. The Center offers education, support, and advocacy to advance the full and equal participation of people with disabilities in all areas of society. Center of Disability programs include the Pacific ADA Center and BeyondAccess Consulting, which offers customized training and...
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Supporting employees with Long COVID: a guide for employers

Posted on March 15, 2024

The Office of Disability Employment (ODEP) released a news brief with resources on: Supporting employees with Long COVID, Accomodating workers with Long COVID, The impact of Long COVID on employment, especially on those with disabilities who are part of underserved communities, and Addressing the workplace challenges related to Long COVID. The news brief also includes:...
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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2024

Posted on March 15, 2024

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. It focuses on how people with and without disabilities work together to form strong communities. It also highlights the importance of full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities (DD) in community life, the contributions of people with DD, and the ongoing need to remove barriers. The 2024 theme is...
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