Topic 2: Balancing Self-Determination and Health

Employer Disclosure, Return to Physic Work Disclosures, Hazard Pay and Equality of Work.

• Employers need to disclose to their employees with disabilities as well as jobseekers with disabilities about what safety precautions they have taken to address COVID risks in the workplace. These need to include plain language summary and materials not in English.

• Before any return to a physical workspace occurs, employees with disabilities need to be educated on safety best practices and be given adequate workspace... more »

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Works with BLS to add COVID-19 risk information to the SOC System

• Coordinate with the Bureau of Labor Statistics to add COVID-19 risk information to future versions of the Standard Occupational Classification System. With the pandemic having last over 6 months, epidemiologists and statisticians should possess enough raw data to be able to meaningfully make statistical estimates about risks of exposure to the coronavirus. The SOC system already collects a lot of data about different... more »

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DOL/OSHA Advisory Panel on COVID-19 Risks

• Launch a DOL advisory panel under OSHA composed of employers, subject matter experts, workers with disabilities and workers with pre-existing conditions to address workplace risks. An advisory panel that reflects both personal experience and professional expertise could well be positioned to further refine and recommend policy ideas, regulatory changes or other actions to be taken by the federal government.

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Ensure easy access to telemedicine services and rapid testing services.

• Ensure easy access to telemedicine services for employees at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19. With everything going virtual, employers need to ensure that their employees with and without disabilities can readily access telemedicine services. This is especially the case if people are regularly risking exposure to the virus.

• Easy access to rapid COVID-19 testing needs to prioritized for essential workers and... more »

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Employers Disclosure of Reasonable Accommodations since COVID-19

Job developers should ask employers about existing efforts around reasonable accommodations and employers should disclose what accommodations policies they have implemented since COVID-19 hit. No matter the present circumstances, the ADA and relevant workplace regulations remain in effect. Especially, those around providing accommodations to workers with disabilities. As such, job developers need to ask about what efforts... more »

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• Employers should ensure that job descriptions make it clear if working from home/remote work/telecommuting is possible

Decreasing potential exposure to the virus is the most direct way of addressing the health risks involved with the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, employers have a responsibility to make it absolutely clear to jobseekers if the job can be performed remotely. If an employer does not make that clear, job developers should automatically encourage the employer to clarify immediately.

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The Hidden Job Market

These past few months I have learned how to leverage the power of LinkedIn and have been sharing my knowledge with job seekers. I've been helping them with optimizing their profiles and coaching them on networking techniques. I also use LinkedIn to conduct employer research and career exploration activities. Personally, I too have developed new relationships with recruiters and hiring managers using the same techniques.... more »

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Increased Technical Training

I have been working with several job seekers who are motivated to work, but have had to put their job searches on hold due to the health risks of working in the community. Some have strong technical skills and are exploring opportunities to work remotely; however, some have minimal technical skills and/or the ability to pay for internet services. I think there is a great need for training that prepares individuals for... more »

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Developing Jobs for All Times

Hello,

I find these discussions on job developing interesting. My background is in executive sales and marketing. I have worked with businesses for over 30 years, finding out employer needs and then finding solutions for those needs.

9 years ago, I changed gears and went to work for Living Opportunities, a non profit which serves individuals with developmental disabilities. A major part of my job was to find employment... more »

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Supported Employment

People with disabilities want to work and feel a part of their community. COVID 19 has certainly challenged this desire to work and be successful In fact, its forced people to become afraid and choose not to work. In our program, we had a lot of individuals who continued working in essential jobs. The support staff needed to provide shifted from focusing on hard/soft skills of the job to maintaining personal safety (wearing... more »

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workplace risk assessment

As Job Developers and Employment Specialists, we can advocate for the safety and health of those who we support in the workplace. One method we created at Arc Broward was to conduct a worksite safety checklist to ensure that the worksite was safe for our participants. In the event that areas of concern were noted, we can provide technical assistance to the employer. The worksite evaluation checklist includes items such... more »

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Communication

Creating a DOL chat site for folks looking for solutions, resources, and sharing of medical advice/reports. Plus, on-site visits with a job coach prior to or on the first-day would be helpful. Sometimes others have had the same issue and can share their "hits and misses". Some ideas or techniques may fit a situation for one person but not another. One has to be flexible and patient in trying new ideas. Adjustments don't... more »

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