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EEOC Sues Wal-Mart for Disability Discrimination

December 16, 2011
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Rule Would Require Federal Contractors to Hire More Disabled Workers

December 9, 2011
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Contractors and subcontractors would have to reach 7 percent within each of their job groups rather than within its workforce as a whole.
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Confronting Barriers: An Interview With Lex Frieden

December 6, 2011
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As part of our 90th anniversary, Workforce Management is talking to some of the people and organizations that helped influence today's workplace. In this installment, Workforce Management contributor Susan Hauser speaks with Lex Frieden about the origins of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Frieden is a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center. The act was born partly out of his service as director of the National Council on the Handicapped (now the National Council on Disability) as well as his own experience of being denied admission to one university because he used a wheelchair.
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2011 WINNER: Vision—Disability Group Inc.

December 1, 2011
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For its foresight in tackling a difficult human resources challenge, Disability Group Inc. is the 2011 winner of the Optimas Award for Vision.
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When Johnny or Janey Comes Marching Home

November 28, 2011
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Veterans find it's a tough terrain in getting from the battlefield to their chosen field.
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EEOC to Hold Public Meeting on Guidance for Age Discrimination in Employment Act

November 11, 2011
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According to background information issued by the EEOC last year, the proposed rule emphasizes the need 'for an individualized, case-by-case approach to determining whether an employment practice is based on reasonable factors other than age.'
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Wellness Programs Adapted for Workers' Comp

November 3, 2011
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One consultant adds that employers also should optimize employee use of established wellness offerings, such as weight-loss or smoking-cessation programs that otherwise may be underutilized.
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Appeals Court Finds Retaliation Claim Against UPS Valid, but Judgment ‘Excessive'

October 26, 2011
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The court said a $2 million judgment against the parcel service in the case was 'excessive,' because the company's actions only caused monetary harm to Keith Jones, a former UPS package car driver and plaintiff in Jones vs. United Parcel Service Inc.
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New Tool Gauges Cost Benefits When Hiring Disabled Workers

October 25, 2011
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The tool focuses on three federal tax incentive programs: the Work Opportunity Credit, which can provide a maximum $2,400 tax credit; the Disabled Access Credit, which helps small businesses defray the cost of providing special equipment; and the Architectural Barrier Removal Tax Deduction, which provides a deduction of up to $15,000 for the removal of architectural and transportation barriers to persons with disabilities and senior citizens.
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Health Reform May Outweigh Supreme Court's Light Employment Law Docket

October 14, 2011
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The high court, which went back to work Oct. 3, has so far received petitions to review four separate health reform cases, and the Justice Department is expected to ask the court to overturn an August decision in which the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the law's individual mandate.
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