A new partnership between two major organizations will benefit Maryland workers with disabilities.
The recent collaboration between the US Department of Labor and a major association of human resource professionals will provide more jobs for Maryland workers with disabilities.
The US Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has joined forces with the Society of Human Resource Managers. It is a first for the ODEP, which was formed in 2001 to enable people with disabilities to be fully integrated into the workplace of the 21st century.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy received his authority from the US Secretary Labor Elaine L. Chao.
When speaking about the recent alliance between the two departments Roy Gizzard (Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy) said, “this alliance formalizes the relationship we have had with SHRM, benefiting SHRM as it serves its membership with the resources ODEP brings to the table and offering ODEP the opportunity for broader contact with human resource professionals.
The Society of Human Resource Managers focuses on human resource professionals. With over 550 affiliated chapters, its 205,000 members come from more than 100 countries. It is the world’s largest association of its kind, and has been active since being formed in 1948. The aim of this association is to provide all human resource professionals the best resources available.
The new alliance will promote a national dialogue on the employment of people with disabilities, as well as targeting outreach, communication, education and training. It will also supply technical help for disabled people who want to get into the workplace.
This is the first time the Society of Human Resources and the Office of Disability Employment have worked together in this way, and through the collaboration it is intended that people with disabilities will have better access to information, resources and will receive better guidance on the 21st century workplace.
Let’s have a quick review of a predicament that many bigger employers may be finding themselves in when it comes to reporting new hires. You could have the most up to date and accurate employee files, you could keep track of new hires with Employment Offer/Acknowledgement forms and employment applications, you could have your new employee checklists, and your substance testing consent forms.
All of that could be in order and all of the information on your new employees could be ready to be reported to the state of Maryland. But what happens if some of those employees actually work for your office in New Orleans, your factory in Philadelphia, or your warehouse in Washington? What if you are a large employer, with a lot of new employees spread out at all of your different facilities in different states?
When it comes to new hire reporting for multiple states, the labor laws are actually pretty flexible in Maryland, as well as in most other states.
The labor laws for new hire reporting actually give multi state employers two main choices when it comes to their new employees. They can report their new hired employees in the state that the employee will be working in, and follow each of the state’s rules and regulations as to how and when to report the hirings.
Or the employer can report all of the new hires, no matter what state they will be in, to one state of their choosing. Of course, the employer must have employees in that state. They can’t just pick a state out of a hat. But as long as you have employees in that state, you can pick it and follow that state’s rules and regulations for all of your new hires. The only catch is that you have to file to that state electronically.