Archive for April, 2012

April 30th, 2012

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HR Recruiting Practices for People With Disabilities Still Taking Shape

As April draws to a close, the U.S. economy continues to grow, albeit modestly, and more Americans returned to the workforce, albeit slowly. For people with disabilities, the early spring has been a time for planting seeds in hopes for future harvests. Job fairs organized by state agencies are giving them face time with potential [...]

April 27th, 2012

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Congressmen Taking Action to Promote Outsourcing to Americans

House Representative Tim Bishop (D-NY) isn’t waiting around for his fellow legislators to deliberate on the U.S. Call Center and Consumer Protection Act (HR 3596) he introduced earlier this year. The Long Island congressman has gone on the offensive to stop call-center jobs from being moved overseas, and has already scored a victory for the [...]

April 26th, 2012

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Survey Says Bigger Is Better When It Comes to Companies Hiring People With Disabilities

Large, for-profit organizations take a more active approach to recruiting employees with disabilities than smaller businesses or nonprofits. That’s one takeaway from a recent survey published by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Take a look at slides 19-21 in the version of “Employing People with Disabilities: Practices and Policies Related to Recruiting and [...]

April 25th, 2012

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New Federal Agency to Strengthen Voice of People With Disabilities

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the restructuring of its organizational support for people with disabilities last week in a move intended to provide lifelong support with education, employment, and housing. Three agencies within the HHS — the Office on Disability, the Administration on Aging, and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities — [...]

April 24th, 2012

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Bipartisan Support for Employing People With Disabilities

Nearly every national issue the media covers gets defined by which politicians are in support of or in opposition to it; and while we’re in an election cycle, it seems as if every issue, great and small, is a dividing line between the two major U.S. political parties. So it was refreshing to read guest [...]

April 23rd, 2012

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“Employment First” Policy for People With Disabilities Comes to NJ

Last Friday’s blog post closed with a look at a New Jersey job fair intended to pair people with disabilities with a wide variety of employment opportunities. Shortly thereafter, the state of New Jersey formalized its commitment to getting more people with disabilities into the workforce. Susan K. Livio, statehouse bureau reporter for The Record, [...]

April 20th, 2012

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Employment Opportunities for People With Disabilities News Roundup

Happy 50th anniversary to SRVS! The Memphis, Tennessee, organization currently provides services for 850 people with disabilities in the city, including contract labor, skills development, transportation, and residential care. Newly minted executive director Tyler Hampton published a guest column in yesterday’s Memphis Commercial Appeal honoring the organization’s history, which began in 1962 with seven employees [...]

April 19th, 2012

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Job Resources for People With Disabilities Growing Across U.S.

Part of our regular coverage of the job market for people with disabilities are the reports from the U.S. Department of Labor. Now April brings the quarterly composite data, which reveals an unemployment rate that is 74% higher among this population set, according to a story by Kristin Samuelson of the Chicago Tribune. Fortunately, more [...]

April 18th, 2012

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The Hidden Costs of Outsourcing CRM Jobs

We’re picking up where we left off yesterday in the discussion of the U.S. Call Center and Consumer Protection Act (HR 3596), a piece of legislation introduced by Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY) aimed at encouraging call-center businesses to keep customer service jobs in America instead of sending them overseas. Earlier this month, Software Advice blogger [...]

April 17th, 2012

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Proposed Legislation Promotes Outsourcing to Americans

The push to bring outsourced jobs back to American shores gained momentum last week, when recently proposed legislation to close tax loopholes for call centers received an overwhelming endorsement from lawmakers. According to an article in last Friday’s Indian Express, 106 members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed on as co-sponsors to the U.S. [...]

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