Racial & Social Equity in Employment: Challenges and Solutions

Standardize & Expand Trial Work Period Incentives for Employers trending idea

Over 41 million members of the U.S. population live with a disability. The unemployment rate of people with disabilities in the United States as of March 2021 is 11.2% compared to 6.1% for persons without a disability. That's a big gap and a lot of disabled citizens of working age who are unemployed.

Counter bias and stigma by expanding current incentive programs to incentivize employers to hire individuals with disabilities.... more »

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Reentry Innovation Grant- based off of existing SCSEP pilot trending idea

Data shows that individuals who are incarcerated are disproportionately from the Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and disability communities. Additionally, we know that having a criminal background makes it more difficult to find employment. To address this problem, the Department of Labor (DOL) added the category of "incarcerated within the last 5 years" to its list of Most in Need barriers performance measure for... more »

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Reinventing Application Portals trending idea

The entry-gate to employment opportunities is often barriered in the on-line application process for individuals with disabilities. Often, individuals with developmental disabilities, brain injuries, social/emotional disabilities are not able to negotiate the processes of on-line applications. To many, it appears that they are being screened out instead of having the ability to present their skills, passions and interests... more »

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Barriers to employment for those with hidden disabilities

We need alternative methods for screening and hiring highly qualified job applicants.

Disabled peoples are disproportionately under and unemployed, particularly those with so-called hidden disabilities, and even more so when considering developmental disabilites such as autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, ADHD, and OCD. It has been repeatedly identified that traditional job screening methods such as cover letters and... more »

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People with disabilities

Although there is laws which supposedly protect people with disabilities it is not true that is something that needs to be enforced. We are always being discriminated even though we report things nothing is ever done and that's why there's a big huge problem with abuse and discrimination against people with disabilities. Agencies regardless if it's federal should be held accountable for such actions. It is a disgrace... more »

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Accessible Technology

The ability for individuals with disabilities to be able to access on-line programs and technology with assistive technology or readers that help to navigate websites and applications are not available. The barrier is that most programs, websites and virtual technology is not accessible to individuals with disabilities even though they are using technology. This prevents them from signing up on-line, participating in... more »

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Let people on Disability live outside of poverty

Let people on Disability live outside of poverty and get married without losing their benefits. This is a matter of equality as every other citizen can do these things. Raise the limits on how much a person on SSI can save/make per month at a job and remove any restrictions on spousal income. Extend Medicare coverage past one year of employment.

Currently it is not worth it for me to try to work say, a low income service... more »

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Implement a Peer Coaching Platform for your Employees and Teams

At Numly, we researched and surveyed over 18,500 working professionals and our data suggests three important topics for USDOL to acknowledge and consider.

1. Racial and Social Inequity has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic in the US. With employees working remotely, they feel they are disconnected and do not have a sense of belonging within their companies.

2. Bias is real at the workplace and people managers are... more »

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Letting SSI people have a job testing period.

Let those who are on SSI work and keep their benefits. They do not get that much and prefer to work but they are kept back bc they lose their health benefits, food stamps and reduced housing and cash benefits per month. They aren't trying to get rich. They want better. Some can barely stand 4 hours a day but they want to work. Why should they be treated inhumane bc they want a car, decent furniture and a sense of dignity... more »

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Removing barriers to services based on criminal history

All federal agencies will remove barriers to accessing federal funded resources and/or economic mobility programing solely based upon prior criminal history. The exceptions would be in instances that could cause harm to others, like convicted pedophiles applying to live in family housing or work with children.

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Legal and Policy Changes

DOL, Social Security Administration and NIH need to review and redesign policies that help individuals go to work not limit their ability to earn a living; especially as caregivers age and young people transition into adulthood and the world of work. Currently the policy and laws concerning disability benefits do not support individuals going to work but keep them in a system with a capacity to earn less or very poor... more »

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Streamline the process

Currently there are too many hoops for disabled people to jump through. This happens because implementation is left to the states. The USDOL should take a leadership role in helping disabled people. There should be a USDOL hotline for people with disabilities. There should be federal standardized questionnaires to complete to guarantee that the states are complying with Federal law. There should be additional Affirmative... more »

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It is not enough to have just laws

It is good to have laws and regulations for racial and social equity in employment. However, it is not enough to have it unless the victims know about the existence of these laws and the path to the implementation of these laws are accessible to all. The existence of the law only serves the institution to have budget from the government and employment for the people who are working under the institution but it does not... more »

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Provide paired assistants

By providing pairings of trained field support agent to person with disabilities, they can help a facilitate and navigate the system. There are already suggestions to simplify and reduce the complexity, which will help as well. But having someone who understands the system, can answer questions, guide the person with the disability through the process. This is especially helpful for those on the spectrum, where we tend... more »

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Peer Support Programs

Based on my doctoral research, there are a number of risk factors that exist in the environment(s) of employees with disabilities. One of the top three risk factors is having no support from others.

 

I think employers should create or encourage peer support programs. That way, employers, employees with disabilities, and allies can work together to identify workplace challenges and implement effective solutions. Our... more »

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