March 7, 2007

DOL OFFICE OF DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT POLICY SEEKS COMMENTS ON PROPOSED EMPLOYER SURVEY

The Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy published a notice in the Federal Register soliciting comments on a proposed survey for the Employer Assistance Referral Network (EARN).

EARN is a nationwide service designed to provide employers with a technical, educational, and informational resource to simplify and encourage the hiring of qualified workers.

The proposed survey involves a 20-minute telephone survey of a representative sample of senior executives representing 12 industries by company size. The survey will inform disability employment policy and practice by comparing perspectives of senior executives in firms of varying size and industry sectors, including some of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. The research team will describe the concerns employers have about the employment of persons with disabilities, and how ODEP’s policies can help employers address those concerns. ODEP plans to use the data to formulate targeted strategies and policies for increasing the employment of persons with disabilities.

Written comments from the public must be submitted on or before May 4, 2007 to the Office of Disability Employment Policy.

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