Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Signed into Law
President Obama, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, and congressional and workforce leaders came together on July 22 as the president signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into law. The signing came after the bill's passage in Congress with strong bipartisan majorities in both houses. The new law marks the first major update to federal job training programs in more than 15 years and will help to streamline and coordinate workforce and adult education programs at the federal, state and local levels. That same day, Vice President Biden released his report, "Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity," which lays out specific actions the administration is taking to ensure federal investments in skills training are leading people toward good jobs. Many of the principles in the report were incorporated into WIOA, and those principles will serve as the foundation for future job training investments. Perez thanked several thousand stakeholders in the workforce development communities the next day for their work leading to the development of the law and acknowledged the important work ahead to effectively implement it. On July 24, Perez joined Obama on a visit to Los Angeles Trade Technical College to discuss how WIOA will expand the role of community colleges in preparing workers for in-demand jobs.
• Read the Blog Post
• Learn About WIOA
• Learn About Job-Driven Training
Social Security Administration Publishes Disability Awareness Initiative
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has newly published their disability education and awareness initiative, "The Faces and Facts of Disability." This program integrates videos, factsheets, and quizzes to teach the public regarding what the Social Security Disability insurance is, while dispelling any fallacies about the program or what disability is about. The videos demonstrate how individuals with disabilities are able to live happy lives, fully integrated into the world of employment. Additionally, there are outreach materials, including social media content and web widgets, for groups and organizations to become more informed. To read more, visit:
• Cultivating Compliance: With summer comes the hard work of farming, and Wage and Hour Administrator Dr. David Weil provides an overview of new resources to help agricultural employers and workers better understand their responsibilities and rights under the law.
Vacancy announcement for a Claims Representative in both Huron and Pierre are now posted. Both jobs open today and close on Wednesday 07/16/2014. They are listed on one announcement with multiple locations. See below….
Anyone you may know that is interested in a career with the SSA will need to go to the USAJOBS website in order to apply.
Becky Neiman, District Manager
Your vacancy announcement for the Claims Representative, GS-5/7, will be posted on USAJOBS. It opens Thursday 07/10/14 and closes on Wednesday, 07/16/14.
SD Rehabilitation Center for the Blind
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TRAINING SEMINARS
Saturday, July 19, 2014 &/or August 16, 2014
9:30 a.m. – noon
Do you want to learn how to setup and use the feature VoiceOver, a speech program for the iPhone/iPad? If so, sign-up for one or two Saturday classes! The next two monthly computer classes at SDRC will be for people who want to learn how to use VoiceOver.
Where: SD Rehabilitation Center for the Blind
2900 West 11th Street, Suite 101, Sioux Falls, SD
Courses are provided by South Dakota Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired and are open to South Dakota residents.
To learn more, click on informational flyer: iPad Training July 19 August 16 2014.docx
Registration is required. Please see the flyer for registration information.
Using Public Programs to Move People Out of Poverty:
Many people with disabilities want to work, but fear losing access to critical programs like Social Security or health care under Medicaid and Medicare. This training is designed to dispel myths about working and disability programs.
Social Security eligibility process works;
Income from employment impacts continued eligibility for cash assistance from Social Security, health insurance from Medicare and/or Medicaid, and other public health programs;
Recognize key Social Security Administration work incentives and how they can be utilized to support individuals with disabilities in employment;
Obtain a “conversational knowledge” of the impact of employment on public benefits and how best to communicate these concepts to beneficiaries to support them in employment;
Identify and direct to programs providing benefits counseling services such as the South Dakota Benefits Specialist Network.
2014 National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme Announced
The U.S. Department of Labor’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month’s (NDEAM) theme for 2014 is “Expect. Employ. Empower.” NDEAM is observed each October. It is a nationwide campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The department's Office of Disability Employment Policy chose this year’s theme by holding a national online dialogue for which hundreds of people registered to send in their ideas.
Do you have questions about other issues such as where to get help with your job search, how working may affect your Social Security disability benefits, employment programs for Veterans or where to get help writing your resume? Read Disability.gov’s Guide to Employment for information on these and many other employment-related topics.
A Resource to Businesses and Employers in the Sioux Falls area...
Business Resource Network - provides businesses with education, awareness and resources to promote the
successful employment of people with disabilities.
You can learn more about BRN by visiting their website at www.sfbrn.org
or calling 605.367.5260.