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Office of Disability Employment Policy Newsletter (July 25, 2014)

Friday, July 25th, 2014

For more information, go to www.dol.gov/odep.

Assistant Secretary Martinez Addresses National Council of Field Labor Locals Leadership Conference

At the National Council of Field Labor Locals Leadership Conference on July 17 in New Orleans, union representatives from various U.S. Department of Labor agencies gathered to hear Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez discuss the changing face of disability and the importance of fostering disability-friendly workplaces. “As a key part of DOL and its workforce, I hope that all of you share my vision of a workplace culture revolutionized by today’s realities,” said Martinez. Her remarks were followed by a practical presentation on disability employment basics by the Job Accommodation Network’s Lou Orslene.

Assistant Secretary Martinez Joins National Disability Institute to Release First-Of-Its-Kind Report on the Financial Capability of People with Disabilities

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez joined National Disability Institute’s press conference July 22 to release the first national report providing a picture of the financial capability of people with disabilities. Martinez joined a distinguished panel of federal agency representatives from the IRS, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Social Security Administration at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to share insights on their agencies’ work to advance financial capability for youth and adults with disabilities. National Disability Institute’s report, “Financial Capability of Adults with Disabilities — Findings from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation 2012 National Financially Capability Study,” found that people with disabilities are less financially stable than people without disabilities in nearly all categories analyzed. Categories included making ends meet, planning ahead, managing financial products and financial knowledge and decision making. An accessible PDF of the report will be available the week of July 28.

Baltimore Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities Welcomes Assistant Secretary Martinez

On July 23, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez spoke to members of the Baltimore Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities, and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, as they celebrated their accomplishments over the past year and discussed priorities for the future. “It’s about people from all walks of life living, learning and working together,” Martinez said. “And it certainly includes people with disabilities. So your work to make Baltimore a more accessible community adds to its charm, to those of us with disabilities and all people.”

President Obama Signs the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, President Obama signed into law the “Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA),” which reauthorizes and reforms core workforce development programs administered by the Departments of Education and Labor and transfers from the Department of Education to the Department of Health and Human Services certain disability and independent living program functions. WIOA increases individuals with disabilities’ access to high-quality workforce services to prepare them for competitive integrated employment. It requires better employer engagement and promotes physical and programmatic accessibility to employment and training services for individuals with disabilities. Under WIOA, youth with disabilities receive extensive pre-employment transition services to obtain and retain competitive integrated employment. The law also creates an Advisory Committee on strategies to increase competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities.

OPM Releases “A Roadmap to Success: Hiring, Retaining and Including People with Disabilities” Online Course

On July 26, 2010, President Obama issued Executive Order (EO) 13548 on “Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities,” to mark the historic 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). EO 13548 says that the Federal Government, as the Nation’s largest employer, must become a model for the employment of individuals with disabilities. In continued support of EO 13548, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), in consultation with partner agencies, has developed an online course entitled, “A Roadmap to Success: Hiring, Retaining and Including People with Disabilities.” This course will provide federal employees with basic information and resources to successfully hire, retain, and advance employees with disabilities. OPM is making this course available to agencies at no cost on HR University. In accordance with EO 13548, this training should be considered required training for human resources personnel and hiring managers. A memorandum to the Chief Human Capital Officers has been issued with instructions for accessing this course. Along with launching this course, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta has posted a blog and video on OPM’s website, recognizing the anniversary of the ADA and the contributions of employees with disabilities to the federal workforce.

ODEP and NCD to Host Online Dialogue on STEM Careers for People with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the National Council on Disability (NCD) announced the third online dialogue in their three-part series, “Encouraging People with Disabilities to Pursue Careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).” The purpose of this online dialogue is to gather insight, ideas and recommendations on how to take the necessary steps to ensure job opportunities in the STEM fields are open to everyone, including people with disabilities, and that individuals with disabilities are able to secure and succeed in those positions. Participants are encouraged to contribute their ideas on how to increase the number of people with disabilities pursuing STEM careers, as well as suggestions on how to provide better support to ensure successful employment outcomes in these growing fields. The virtual event begins July 28 and will run through August 8.

National Employer Policy, Research, and Technical Assistance Center on the Employment of People with Disabilities Prospective Applicants’ Conference Call Materials Available

The SCA-14-06 — Solicitation for Cooperative Agreement — for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy’s National Employer Policy, Research, and Technical Assistance Center on the Employment of People with Disabilities Prospective Applicants’ Conference Call was held Thursday, July 17, 2014. Now available on the ODEP website are the transcript of the call; an audio recording of the call; the transcript of the question and answer portion of the call, and the PowerPoint presentation from the call.

President Obama Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT Workers

On July 21, 2014, President Obama signed an executive order (EO) prohibiting workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in the federal government and by federal contractors and subcontractors. This executive order amends EO 11478 and EO 11246 to include protections for LGBT workers. “The President understands the value diverse perspectives — including LGBT and disability perspectives — add to the workforce,” said Martinez. “When employees can bring their whole selves to work, everyone benefits.”

LEAD Center Archives Olmstead Webinar

To celebrate the landmark Olmstead v. L.C. decision and reflect on the past, present and future of Olmstead, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, in coordination with the LEAD Center, presented “Rising to the Occasion: ADA, Olmstead and State Efforts to Promote Integrated Employment of Individuals with Significant Disabilities”. A recorded archive of the webinar is now available. Visit the archive to view the recorded webinar and download presentation slides and the webinar transcript.

Office of Disability Employment Policy Newsletter (July 18, 2014)

Monday, July 21st, 2014

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Poster Now Available

The 2014 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) poster is now available, both for order in hard copy and online, along with several other tools that can assist organizations in planning for this year’s observance, including sample articles, proclamations and press releases. Held each October, NDEAM raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “Expect. Employ. Empower.”

Assistant Secretary Martinez Addresses Blind LGBT Pride International

This week, Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez spoke to members of Blind LGBT Pride International in Las Vegas during the American Council of the Blind (ACB) 53rd annual conference, where her remarks focused on recent efforts to increase workplace inclusion and equality for both people with disabilities and LGBT individuals and opportunities for each community to learn from the other’s struggles and successes. BPI is one of ACB’s largest special interest affiliates.

LEAD Center to Present Webinar on Customized Employment

On Wednesday, July 30, the ODEP-funded LEAD Center, which is managed by the National Disability Institute, will host a webinar titled “Customized Employment: Beyond the Basics.” Targeted at workforce development professionals, disability service providers, individuals with disabilities and other stakeholders, this webinar will address how to use the information gathered during discovery to connect hard-to-serve job seekers, both with and without disabilities, to a range of employment opportunities.

EEOC Issues Updated Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued new enforcement guidance and several other resources on pregnancy discrimination and related issues in the context of both the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended in 2008. This enforcement guidance is the first comprehensive update on the topic of pregnancy and pregnancy-related disabilities in more than 30 years.

Department of Education Announces Grant Opportunity Under American Indians With Disabilities Program

The Department of Education has announced a funding opportunity under the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Projects for American Indians With Disabilities program. The program provides vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to American Indians with disabilities who reside on or near federal or state reservations so that they may prepare for and engage in gainful employment, including self-employment, telecommuting or business ownership. It also supports an important White House initiative on Job-Driven Training for Workers, which emphasizes the importance of developing a workforce with the skills that employers need. Applications for the grant are due September 2, 2014.

ODEP and LEAD Center Host National Webinar on ADA, Olmstead and Integrated Employment

On July 16, ODEP, in collaboration with the LEAD Center, hosted a national webinar entitled, “ADA, Olmstead & State Efforts to Promote Integrated Employment of Individuals with Significant Disabilities.” Speakers discussed trends in the implementation of the Olmstead integration mandate as it relates to the provision of employment and day services for individuals with significant disabilities. More than 600 individuals tuned in to the dialogue, which focused heavily on implementation plans for the recent consent decree reached between the U.S. Department of Justice and the State of Rhode Island, which will lead to the transition of approximately 3,250 youth and adults with significant disabilities into integrated employment and community day services over the next ten years.

ODEP and LEAD Center Host Quarterly Discussion on Implementation of Section 503

On July 15, the LEAD Center hosted a discussion of its Knowledge Translation (KT) Consortium on the final rule of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which updates federal contractors’ obligations regarding the marketing, recruitment, hiring and support of workers with disabilities. More than 20 federal agencies participated in the discussion, which explored opportunities created by the final rule to increase the employment of people with disabilities, and allowed participating federal agencies and technical assistance centers to share the efforts and activities they have planned or completed related to Section 503. Participants heard from Naomi Levin, Branch Chief for Regulatory, Legislative and Policy Development with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

Please Join U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez for a Special Conference Call with DOL Stakeholders

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
Overview and Implementation

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM EDT

Toll Free: 877-917-8928 Passcode: WIOA
REGISTER @ http://webapps.dol.gov/DOLEvents/Event/View/326/

Please join U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Portia Wu, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Education for a conference call on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Congress just passed the bipartisan WIOA bill by a vote of 95-3 in the Senate and 415-6 in the House. President Obama will soon sign the bill into law, and the Departments of Labor and Education will commence implementation.

The purpose of this call is to provide a broad overview of the legislation, key dates for implementation, and useful information on resources and materials for partners and stakeholders.

PLEASE REGISTER BY Monday, July 21 to allow for enough phone lines.

Register at: http://webapps.dol.gov/DOLEvents/Event/View/326/

The dial-in number is: 877-917-8928
Passcode: WIOA

Office of Disability Employment Policy Newsletter (July 11, 2014)

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

For more information, go to www.dol.gov/odep.

Assistant Secretary Martinez Addresses the Association of People Supporting Employment First

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez addressed service providers and employers committed to increased workforce inclusion for people with disabilities at the Association of People Supporting Employment First annual conference on July 2 in Long Beach, CA. “We in ODEP believe that a presumption of employability should exist for people with even the most significant disabilities,” she said. “And we believe the time is now for our nation to value people with disabilities for the unique skills and talents they bring, and to capitalize on those attributes by integrating them fully into our workplaces.”

D.C. Metro Business Leadership Network Welcomes Assistant Secretary Martinez

At a D.C. Metro Business Leadership Network (BLN) event Crystal City, VA on July 9, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez spoke to 50 representatives from companies around the capital region, most federal contractors covered by the recent updates to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. “A major focus of our work at DOL this year will be to provide resources and technical assistance to covered employers. We stand at the ready to help you understand and achieve the goals of the new rules,” she said.

Prospective Applicant’s Conference Call Scheduled for ODEP’s National Employer Policy, Research, and Technical Assistance Center on the Employment of People with Disabilities Solicitation for Cooperative Agreement — July 17, 2:30-4:30 PM EDT

The SCA-14-06 — Solicitation for Cooperative Agreement — for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy’s National Employer Policy, Research, and Technical Assistance Center on the Employment of People with Disabilities Prospective Applicants’ Conference Call is scheduled for Thursday, July 17, from 2:30-4:30 PM EDT. Those who have questions should submit them to Cassandra Mitchell at mitchell.cassandra@dol.gov no later than COB July 16th. Responses to the submitted questions will be given on this call. There will also be a short questions and answers session following the review of submitted questions. Prospective applicants should call the toll-free number: 1-800-857-9644, Participant Passcode: 1382552. This call will be recorded and a transcript will be provided within 10 days of the Conference Call that will be posted on the Office of Disability Employment website. The transcript will only provide the questions and responses and not the entire transcript.

Comment Period Extended for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors

The period for filing written comments on the proposed rulemaking to implement the minimum wage protections of Executive Order 13658, Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors, has been extended until July 28, 2014. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was published in the Federal Register on June 17, 2014. The U.S. Department of Labor is taking this action in order to provide interested parties additional time to submit comments. Comments may be submitted, identified by Regulatory Information Number (RIN) 1235-AA10, either electronically or in writing. Electronic comment should be submitted to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. Written comments should be submitted through mail addressed to Mary Ziegler, Director, Division of Regulations, Legislation and Interpretation, Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S-3510, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. Submit one copy of your comments by only one method. All submissions received must include the agency name (Wage and Hour Division) and Regulatory Information Number identified above for this rulemaking (1235-AA10). All comments received will be posted without change to www.regulations.gov.

ETA and ODEP Issue Joint Training and Employment Notice on Employment Networks

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and Office of Disability Employment (ODEP) have released a joint Training and Employment Notice (TEN) entitled “Receiving Ticket to Work Payments as an Employment Network.” This TEN announces that the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Employment Network (EN) Payment Agreement has been rescinded by the Social Security Administration (SSA), and provides information on a new process for public workforce entities to become ENs under SSA’s Ticket to Work and Self Sufficiency (TTW) Program.

LEAD Center Joins ODEP to Present Webinar Celebrating Olmstead and ADA — July 16, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT

In 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered the landmark decision in the Olmstead v. L.C. case, requiring states to eliminate the segregation of people with disabilities and ensure people with disabilities receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. To celebrate this landmark decision and reflect on the past, present and future of Olmstead, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, in coordination with the LEAD Center, will present “Rising to the Occasion: ADA, Olmstead and State Efforts to Promote Integrated Employment of Individuals with Significant Disabilities” on July 16 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM EDT.

FCC’s Accessibility and Innovation Initiative to Host “Accessing Social Media” Event – July 17, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Accessibility and Innovation Initiative will host a public event, titled “Accessing Social Media,” on Thursday, July 17, from 9 AM to 4 PM EDT at the FCC Headquarters (445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC). The event will facilitate a collaborative, cross-sector exchange of information about making social media tools and content accessible to people with disabilities, including information about authoring tools, client apps, and best practices. The event will include panels of industry, consumer, and government representatives, as well as technology demonstrations. The meeting will be webcast with open captioning. Although this event is open to the public, we encourage sending an RSVP in advance. An RSVP is needed only for in-person attendance, not for the webcast. To RSVP, send your name and organization affiliation, if any, in an email to AccSocMedia@fcc.gov. The meeting site is fully accessible to people using wheelchairs or other mobility aids. Sign language interpreters, open captioning, and assistive listening devices will be provided on site. Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Include a description of the accommodation you will need and tell us how to contact you if we need more information. Make your request as early as possible. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. Send an e-mail to: fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).

Department of Labor Webinar on Joint Employment in Domestic Service Employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act — July 17, 1:00-2:30 PM EDT

In response to stakeholder questions about the Final Rule regarding joint employment in consumer-directed programs, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued a new Administrator’s Interpretation and an updated fact sheet to help potential joint employers, in particular states or other public entities, determine their obligations under the Fair Labor Standards Act to home care workers employed through consumer-directed programs. The guidance concludes that most, but not all, consumer-directed programs will have a third party employer such as a public entity, private agency, or non-profit organization. WHD will be holding a webinar on July 17, 1:00-2:30 PM, to walk through the joint employment guidance, including several detailed hypothetical examples, and to answer participants’ questions.

U.S. Department of Education Invites Applications for the National Technical Assistance Center on Improving Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education published a Notice in the Federal Register inviting applications for a new award to establish and operate a National Technical Assistance Center on Improving Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students with Disabilities (Center). The Center will assist State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies and other VR service providers to implement evidence-based and promising practices and strategies to ensure that students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate from high school with the knowledge, skills, and supports needed for success in postsecondary education and employment. This competition is open to SEAs; LEAs, including public charter schools that are considered LEAs under State law; State VR agencies; IHEs; other public agencies; private nonprofit organizations; outlying areas; freely associated States; Indian tribes or tribal organizations; and for-profit organizations. The Department intends to fund one project for $2.5 million a year for 5 years. The deadline for submitting completed applications is Monday, August 18, 2014.

Latest Edition of LEAD Center’s LEAD On! Newsletter Now Available

The LEAD Center, an ODEP-funded training and technical assistance center, released the latest edition of its LEAD On! e-newsletter on June 30th. Featured stories include: LEAD Center’s most recent Economic Advancement Assembly in Louisville, Kentucky; ongoing work resulting from the LEAD Center’s inaugural policy roundtable to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities; universal access strategies highlighted by the LEAD Center at the 2014 NAWDP Conference; efforts in Illinois to shape service systems to promote customized employment; a preview of upcoming LEAD Center webinars and more.

LEAD Center Releases June Policy Update

The LEAD Center’s Policy Update — Employment, Health Care and Disability is a monthly update focusing on the intersection of disability, employment and health care policy. The June 2014 edition includes articles on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) final rules for statewide marketplaces, new U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) grant funding through the Disability Employment Initiative, a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on oversight of Medicaid managed care expenditures, a new Medicaid Buy-in Fact Sheet from the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative, and much more.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases Youth Employment Rate Numbers for June 2014

Employment data for youth with and without disabilities is obtained from the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly survey of households conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Engaging Federal Contractors – “Understanding the Current Policies and Best Practices to Reduce Barriers to Employment for Individuals with Past Criminal Arrests or Convictions” (July 2014)

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

On July 15, 2014, the following information was posted by the Labor Department: The webinar, Engaging Federal Contractors – “Understanding the Current Policies and Best Practices to Reduce Barriers to Employment for Individuals with Past Criminal Arrests or Convictions,” originally scheduled for July 16 at 1:00 P.M. Eastern, is being postponed. We will let you know as soon as it is rescheduled.

The following is a description of the webinar originally scheduled for July 16, 2014, which was the product of the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In support of President Obama’s efforts to strengthen the economy and get more Americans back to work, the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Personnel Management and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are working together to reduce barriers to employment for individuals with past criminal arrests or convictions. To learn more about these efforts, we invite you to attend a webinar entitled:

Engaging Federal Contractors – “Understanding the Current Policies and Best Practices to Reduce Barriers to Employment for Individuals with Past Criminal Arrests or Convictions”

Representatives from DOL, OPM and the EEOC will host this joint webinar for federal contracting officials to ensure familiarity with the rules and best practices regarding nondiscrimination and the appropriate use of criminal background checks to screen applicants for employment. In particular, the webinar will focus on the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’s Directive 2013-02, “Complying with Nondiscrimination Provisions: Criminal Record Restrictions and Discrimination Based on Race and National Origin,” OPM’s “Best Practices for Contractor Fitness Adjudication,” and EEOC’s “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”

When:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
1:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M. Eastern

Who should attend?

The audience for this joint session will include the acquisitions community, procurement officials, project officers, personnel security staff, federal contractors, and human resources staff.

How to View the Webinar:

The link to view the OPM webcast is:

http://new.livestream.com/OPMWebcast/20140716contract

The link to view the captioning for the webcast is:

http://recapd.com/w-0798e6

You will be able to watch the webcast on a PC or MAC computer. When you click on the link it will open up into whatever your default browser is set to on your computer. Chrome. Firefox. Internet Explorer. Safari. Opera. You should make sure that your browser has the latest updates.

You should try and view the webcast with coworkers in one central location to preserve bandwidth for your organization.

If you telework DO NOT log onto the webcast through CITRIX. You will NOT be able to view the webcast through the CITRIX connection. Simply click on or copy and paste the link into your favorite browser with a broadband connection.

Memorandum of Understanding Between S.C. Human Affairs Commission and U.S. Department of Justice: Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (June 24, 2014)

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

The following is an excerpt between the Office of Special Counsel at the Justice Department and South Carolina’s Human Affairs Commission:

THIS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING is made and entered into this day 24th day of June,2014, by and between the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission (hereinafter identified as “SCHAC”) and the Office or Special Counsel for Immigration”Related Unfair Employment Practices (hereinafter identified as “OSC”) of the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice.

I. BACKGROUND

1. The SCHAC, a designated fair employment practice agency under section 706(c) of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, is charged with the enforcement of South Carolina Human Affairs Law. which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of the following categories: race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age and disability. Individuals or entities that employ fifteen or more employees are prohibited from using such a basis in consideration of employment, referral, and discharge, as well as compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment, and apprenticeship and
training opportunities.

2. OSC is charged with the enforcement of the antidiscrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”), codified at 8 U.S.C.
§ 1324b, which prohibits (1) covered persons or entities that employ four or more employees from using citizenship status in consideration of hiring, firing, or recruitment for a fee; (2) covered persons or entities that employ four to fourteen employees from using national origin in consideration of hiring, firing) or recruitment for a fee; (3) covered persons or entities that employ four or more employees from engaging in unfair documentary practices in the employment eligibility verification process on the basis of citizenship status or national origin, and (4) covered persons or entities that employ four or more employees from retaliation for engaging in protected activity relating to the rights and privileges secured under 8 U.S.C. § 1324b.

3. South Carolina Human Affairs Law § 1-13-90 requires aggrieved parties to file charges of discrimination with the SCHAC within 180 days after the alleged unlawful discriminatory practice. OSC requires complaints to be filed within 180 days of the last alleged act of discrimination.

II. ASSISTANCE TO AGGRIEVED PARTIES

I. The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding is to ensure that aggrieved parties are directed to the other agency where it appears that their claims may fall within the jurisdiction of the other agency.

2. When, during the initial processing of a charge by either agency, it becomes apparent to the agency processing the charge that the charge or any aspect of the charge falls within the jurisdiction of the other agency as described in section 1, the agency processing the charge will, to the extent pennitted by applicable law and to the extent the charge has not already been filed with the other agency, direct the aggrieved individual as soon as practicable to the other agency by providing the aggrieved individual with the agency’s contact information and information about how to file a charge with that agency as described on the agency’s website.

III. TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

1. To the extent reasonably practicable, and at such times and places as might be mutually agreeable, each party to this Memorandum of Understanding will offer to the other such training and technical assistance to assist each party to better understand the policies, procedures, and law governing the enforcement activities of the other party.

2. The SCHAC may obtain telephonic technical assistance and guidance from OSC by calling 1-800-255-8155 between the hours of9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (ET), Monday-Friday (excluding holidays), and requesting to speak to one of OSC’s Special Litigation Counsels, or by submitting a written request by mail, facsimile, or email.

3. OSC may obtain telephonic technical assistance and guidance from the SCHAC by calling (803) 737-7800 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (ET), Monday-Friday (excluding holidays)

IV. NO DIMINUTION OF AGENCY AUTHORITY

Nothing in this Memorandum of Understanding diminishes either agency’s authority to investigate and prosecute charges that fall within the coverage of its enabling statute.

Justice Department and Howard University to Host Program Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act of 1964

Friday, July 4th, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice announced today that it will be co-hosting the historic program and celebration, “The 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Preserving Progress, Charting the Future,” with Howard University on July 15, 2014. Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964, the groundbreaking act outlawed discriminatory voting requirements and segregation in schools, employment and places of public accommodation. Attorney General Eric Holder has made protecting civil rights a top priority of his administration of the Department of Justice.

The long road to passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was paved with the footsteps of countless ordinary Americans and well-known civil rights leaders who marched, held sit-ins, staged boycotts and led freedom rides to end segregation and discrimination. The call for comprehensive civil rights legislation gained momentum in 1963, as civil rights activists continued to organize peaceful demonstrations throughout the country. After hundreds of nonviolent protestors were met with police violence and arrest in Birmingham, Alabama, President John F. Kennedy delivered a nationally televised speech voicing his support for comprehensive civil rights legislation. After President Kennedy’s assassination in November 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson made a commitment to pursue passage of civil rights legislation. And after the longest debate in senate history, the Civil Rights Act was finally passed and signed into law, becoming the first of many legislative victories over the next 50 years that have been critical tools for protecting civil rights.

For more information, go to www.doj.gov.