What can New Mexico workers with disabilities expect from the latest move by the US Department of Labor? A new partnership between this department and an organization that represents human resource professionals should result in more jobs for these workers.
What is this new partnership? The partnership is between the US office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM).
This partnership between the US office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) will focus on services the can help disabled workers, such as access to resources. Moreover, the new partnership will address research in addition to helping state agencies with necessary resources and addressing communication between agencies.
ODEP was created in 2001 to help disabled workers have access to jobs. The agency is headed by Roy Grizzard, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy. Prior to the founding of ODEP, federal disabled worker policy was included in the US Department of Labor.
What will happen to the services New Mexico disabled workers receive through the New Mexico Department of Labor?
Workers will continue to be able to access the services available through the New Mexico Dept. of Labor. This new partnership will eventually provide disabled workers with more resources and opportunities. Because disabled workers still are underutilized in the workforce, this partnership should help. Training, along with outreach and technical assistance, are just a few of the targets of the new collaboration.
The Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) was created in 1948. Since it was founded, this organization has grown to 550 chapters in over 100 countries. Moreover, over 200,000 people are members of SHRM. The mission of the organization is to “to serve the needs of human resource professionals by proving the most essential and comprehensive resources available.”
Now, by forming a partnership between ODEP and the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM), even more focus will be put on the issue of disabled workers. Even though disabled workers have more opportunities now than in the past, as a group they are underutilized in the national workforce. Hopefully, this new partnership will improve this situation.