HERC is proud to announce its new alliance with the US Labor Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). By establishing a strategic alliance with the ODEP, HERC member institutions will be able to tap into the wealth of knowledge, best-practices, and resources the ODEP offers to employers seeking to become more knowledgeable and capable of being disability friendly employers.
HERC and the ODEP have created a robust work-plan, with measureable outcomes, in which both organizations will undertake activities that promote recruitment, hiring, retention and advancement of job candidates with disabilities in higher education and related fields.
Paula Alfone, the Mid-Atlantic HERC Director (pictured right in photo) and Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (pictured left in photo), met to make the alliance official at a signing ceremony held in the ODEP offices on Monday, April 29th.
ODEP and HERC agree to work together to carry out the following activities:
· Share expertise and disseminate information on hiring, advancing, and retaining workers with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities in positions in higher education.
· Promote and disseminate information on ODEP resources to HERC member universities, and others. ODEP resources include, but are not limited to, the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN), the Workforce Recruitment Program and promising practices/policies to increase disability inclusion in HERC member universities. And likewise utilize such ODEP resources to share the job opportunities available through HERC to workers with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities.
· Develop and publicize resources on the value of hiring and retaining talented workers with disabilities including veterans with disabilities in higher education. Such resources include, but are not limited to, educational materials, success stories, and case studies developed collaboratively or by individual parties.
· Identify issues of specific concern to higher education employers to which the Alliance should direct particular attention and resources, and determine how best to communicate relevant information to this constituency.
· Speak, exhibit, and/or appear at mutually agreed upon ODEP and HERC events.
· As appropriate, convene and/or participate in stakeholder meetings focused on forging innovative strategies for recruiting, hiring, retaining and promoting candidates with disabilities.
· Provide technical assistance to employers and employees regarding replicable disability employment strategies, policies and effective practices.
· Participate in meetings and/or discussions with representatives from other ODEP Alliances to exchange information on various disability employment issues that are being addressed and to explore opportunities for additional collaborative activities.
· Carry out other activities, as mutually agreed upon, that promote the hiring, advancement, and retention of individuals with disabilities in higher education.
· Build awareness and increase use of the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) as a pipeline for university recruiters and other human resource professionals.
To read more:
April 29, 2013 article in the Chronicle of Higher Education
May 2, 2013US Labor Department Newsletter
US Labor Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy official Press Release
US Labor Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy Website