Employers - Resources on Disability Issues

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) makes it unlawful to discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability in employment-related activities. These include: recruitment, pay, hiring, firing, promotion, job assignments, training, leave, lay-off, benefits, and all other employment-related activities. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provides detailed information about the law, regulations, and enforcement.

Employers still have the right to hire the best candidate for a job; the ADA simply protects qualified applicants or employees from discrimination. In order to be protected by the ADA , an individual with a disability must satisfy qualifications that are job related (such as educational background, employment experience, skills, licenses) and be able to perform the tasks that are essential to the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Accommodations

As part of the ADA, employers are required to make reasonable accommodations to the known disability of qualified applicants or employees. Once an employee discloses a disability or requests accommodations, the employer and applicant/employee should work together to determine appropriate accommodations. The Job Accomodation Network (JAN) can help provide accommodation solutions.

JAN is a free consulting service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy. It is designed to increase the the employability of people with disabilities by: providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and educating callers about self-employment options.

Recruiting Candidates with Disabilities

There are a few things employers can do to attract and recruit applicants with disabilities:

  1. Add a statement to recruitment materials detailing an interest in receiving applications from a diversity of people, including those with disabilities.
  2. Disseminate job openings and announcements in settings that are marketing specifically to people with disabilities. The Careers and the disABLED Magazine is one such venue.
  3. Attend a career fair or similar event that is focused on connecting employers with applicants from diverse backgrounds. The UNH Diversity Network Program and our Career/Internship Fairs are some of the opportunities available at UNH. Contact us for more information.

Additional Resources

Earnworks: The Employer Assistance & Recruiting Network (EARN) is a free service that connects employers looking for quality employees with skilled job candidates. The EARN Web site provides information about recruiting services, employer success stories, the business case for hiring people with disabilities, and other resources.

ADA Home Page: Information and assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Think Beyond the Label: Provides expert tools and resources to businesses looking to evolve their workforce.

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD): a member organization comprised of Disability Student Service providers of higher education institutions