Tzvi Odzer recently discussed the Office of Disability Employment Policy initiatives outlined by the Department of Labor.
The U.S. Department of Labor looks out for people with disabilities and the companies who hire them. In fact, the Office of Disability Employment Policy outlined by the Department of Labor offers several initiatives to employers interested in hiring people with disabilities. Tzvi Odzer and his company promote and support agencies that hire people with disabilities. He recently discussed the additional steps the U.S. Department of Labor and its policy are now taking to protect and aid people with disabilities.
“The new Office of Disability Employment Policy has taken several actions to help people with disabilities find work,” Tzvi Odzer said. “One of those actions is through the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion.”
Tzvi Odzer explained that this is a 100-percent free service designed to educate employers on the benefits of hiring disabled employees. It also offers employers strategies for recruiting disabled employees, hiring them, retaining them, and advancing in the workplace. The service, also known as EARN, keeps a list of active job posting websites designed for people with disabilities who are seeking employment.
“Many employers simply don’t know what to do to accommodate people with disabilities,” Tzvi Odzer said. “The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) helps these employers by providing free advice on the workplace accommodations that will be needed to assist certain individuals.”
Tzvi Odzer added that the Campaign for Disability Employment also provides public service announcements and other media assets to teach employers about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities. They emphasize the unmatched talent and value they can add to the workplace and overall economy. Tzvi Odzer explained that many employers find it difficult even to begin conversing about disability issues. These programs seek to remove the stigma and prove that people with disabilities can bring a lot of benefits to any workplace.
Other incentives offered by the U.S. Department of Labor include tax incentives for employers who hire disabled employees, free how-to guides for employees, along with countless tools and programs to connect inclusive companies with people in the disability community.
“The U.S. Department of Labor knows this isn’t always an easy topic for employers to discuss, so they offer several free guides on how to interview job candidates with disabilities, where to find qualified applicants, and how to accommodate people with disabilities in the workplace,” Tzvi Odzer said.
Tzvi Odzer finished by stating that he hopes all of these actions being taken by the U.S. Department of Labor will result in more disabled employees entering the workforce.