Here’s the latest news on the New Jersey job front. The Labor Department is joining hands with a 205,000 member strong human resource managers’ association to open up job opportunities for the disabled.
New Jersey workers with disabilities will benefit from the alliance. The policy agency within the Labor Department is the Office of Disability Employment Policy, or ODEP. The private group is the Society of Human Resource Managers, or SHRM.
Job opportunities for disabled workers have grown in recent years. Yet, according to the Labor Department agency involved in the new partnership, the talents of many disabled workers are still going untapped. The new alliance should put together a package of communication, outreach, technical help, training, and education for this underused workforce.
The federal agency is ODEP. That stands for the Office of Disability Employment Policy. The private group is the Society of Human Resource Managers, or SHRM. Its mandate is to find employment opportunities for people of all abilities.
This is the first such partnership for ODEP.
“This alliance formalizes the relationship we have had with SHRM,” says Roy Grizzard, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, noting that it benefits SHRM as it “serves its membership with resources ODEP brings to the table and offering ODEP the opportunity for broader contact with human resource professionals.” Together the two groups should be able to enhance recruiting and hiring of this population of workers with the help of access, research, and education.
SHRM is the Society of Human Resource Managers. Its membership exceeds more than 205,000 now. It has 550 affiliated chapters, and its membership is far flung – they are found in more than 100 countries around the world. The organization was founded in 1948 with a goal of helping human resource professionals. It does this by offering them all-inclusive and indispensable resources.
The Federal Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is a 21st century phenomenon, a policy agency under the Labor Department. In 2001, U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao assigned responsibility and delegated authority to what was then the assistant secretary for disability employment policy.
You and your human resource department do a great job of tracking all of your employees days off and starting days and personal days using an attendance calendar. You even have a separate calendar for annual attendance to track all of your employees’ days off over the course of a 12 month period. And for those seven-day weeks (or five-days week for those office settings) you have forms for weekly time sheets.
With all of that time tracking for all of your employees, shouldn’t you find it no problem then to report to the state of New Jersey, employers, when you have a new hiree starting in your organization? You would think.
The information that the state of New Jersey is requesting is the basic type of information that you already got from your new employees during the hiring and orientation periods. You have to report their names, their addresses, and their social security numbers. The New Jersey authorities and the federal officials would also love it if you could report their hiring date, their birthday, and the state of their hiring.
But again, all of that information probably is already on your employment application from. If not, you have their W-4 form that they filled out when they first signed on with your company. Or you could check out their employee emergency information form for addresses, or their employee payroll status change form for their social security number.
There are any number of forms that you probably have in their employee file that already contain all of the information, and then some, that you need to meet and exceed the requirements of the New Jersey new hire reporting labor law.
And the rest of the info that the state of New Jersey needs to have is about you, the employer, so that shouldn’t be difficult to track down.