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Black Hills Veterans Job Fair


Wednesday, June 29, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. MDT, Rapid City – The Black Hills Veterans Job Fair will be held at the Central States Fair Grounds (James Kjerstad Events Center). There will be many employers in attendance to meet with veterans and job-seeking dependents. The SD Department of Labor and Regulation will have a booth with staff available to answer any questions or offer assistance to job seekers. For questions or additional information, please call 605.737.6011


See Flyer for more details:  2016_bh_vet_job_fair_flyer.pdf



Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Spearfish, SD


The SD Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services currently has a job opening in the Spearfish office for a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.     For more information and to apply, please go to   https://seeker.sd.gov/default.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f   and reference Job ID #6712.  Feel free to share this announcement with others who may be interested in applying for this job.  



South Dakota Retailers Association - July & August Webinars


First Steps:  How to Get Started When Hiring People with Disabilities


Webinar Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Start Time: 10 a.m. Central Time (9 a.m. Mountain Time)


Presenters: Marcia Hultman, Secretary, South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation -and- Kimberly Hoberg, Business Specialist, South Dakota Division of Rehabilitation Services

Register online: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3535379957929679619


Description: If you are thinking of hiring people with disabilities, this webinar will give you the basic information you need to get started, such as:   • Who to contact if you would like to hire a person with a disability.
• What to ask a prospective employee to find out if they can do the job and how they would handle a specific job duty
• How to find out whether you need to make any accommodations or adjustments for an employee with a disability.
• What kind of assistance More... is available in terms of job training, job coaching, figuring out if your business is accessible to a person with a disability, and getting assistive devices if one of your employees needs them.
And more.


Who Should Participate: Business owners, managers, supervisors and HR personnel.  For more information go to:  https://www.sdra.org/




Identify Qualified Applicants With the National Career Readiness Certificate


Webinar Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Start Time: 10 a.m. Central Time (9 a.m. Mountain Time)


Presenter: Heather Nelson, Labor Program Specialist, South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation


Register online:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8746880356296949505 



What the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is

How NCRC can assist with employee screening, hiring, training, promotion and retention

Advantages of hiring someone who has earned the NCRC

Skills these workers bring to the job

The types of questions workers are tested on to measure their skills

How to find people who have earned the NCRC

Who Should Participate: Business owners, managers, supervisors and HR personnel




National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2016 theme announced

‘#InclusionWorks’ seeks to inspire social media awareness of workers with disabilities

To reflect the important role disability plays in workforce diversity, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy today announced that the theme of 2016’s official National Disability Employment Awareness Month is “#InclusionWorks.”

“By fostering a culture that embraces individual differences, including disabilities, businesses profit by having a wider variety of tools to confront challenges,” said Jennifer Sheehy, deputy assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy. “Our nation’s most successful companies proudly make inclusion a core value. They know that inclusion works. It works for workers, it works for employers, it works for opportunity, and it works for innovation.”

To read more:   https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/odep/odep20160512







The U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a new resource document that addresses the rights of employees with disabilities who seek leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The document is entitled Employer Provided Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act -   https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/ada-leave.cfm?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=



Employer Survey: Your Chance to Let Dept of Ed Know How

Students Can be Better Prepared For Jobs


SD Department of Education

Do you have suggestions on how students can be better prepared to enter your industry? If so, please share your thoughts with the South Dakota Department of Education.


The South Dakota Department of Education is undergoing a process to review and revise standards for its career and technical education programs. The goal of the standards revision project is to ensure middle and high schools students are learning both the "soft skills" and technical skills needed today by South Dakota employers.


To ensure we attain the best possible results, please take a few minutes to complete the feedback survey located here:      https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3PL6X2M 


For additional information, please contact Erin Larsen at 605-773-2533 or via email at Erin.Larsen@state.sd.us.


South Dakota Retailers Association Selected as Pilot Site

for Department of Labor Disability Inclusion Project


PIERRE, S.D.-The South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) is one of three membership associations in the nation selected to participate in a national pilot program designed to increase workplace inclusion of people with disabilities.

Read more at:  https://www.sdra.org/article.asp?action2=showArticle&id=12195&ty=GEN


Dare to Dream Conference - Watertown July 9th

Schedule at a Glance - Wtn D2D Program Schedule at a Glancefor Web.pdf

Registration is open 

Go to:  http://www.sdparent.org/web/index.php?siteid=2825&pageid=22749


If you are a person with a disability who receives Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or both? Do you wonder how employment might impact these and other benefits you currently receive?

  There are community work incentive coordinators located in Rapid City, Pierre, Brookings, Sioux Falls and Yankton. There is a benefits specialist located in Aberdeen. Benefits planning and counseling services are available for Vocational Rehabilitation consumers and former WIPA clients. Limited information and referral services are available to all other beneficiaries who want to return to work.
To access these services, call 1-800-224-5336, ext. 221.


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