The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 has supported individuals with disabilities for more than 40 years by prohibiting the federal government and businesses that do work with the government from discriminating on the basis of disability.
The federal government hires each person using a hiring authority (the term comes from the federal regulation that describes it). Federal agencies can use the Schedule A Hiring Authority to hire an individual with a disability.
JAN is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. JAN is an information and consulting service that provides users with individualized solutions for workplace accommodations. JAN also provides information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and other disability-related legislation. In addition, JAN consultants have access to a vast network of resources, organizations, support groups, government agencies, and more that provide assistance to persons with disabilities.
1. Check out websites geared to disabled and older workers. The Retired Brains website has loads of useful tips on how to find jobs that allow you to work at home. Disability.gov has exhaustive info about U.S. government disability programs and employment. Look at the Department of Labor's Job Accommodation Network and GettingHired.com, a disability employment site featuring postings from such companies as Hilton Worldwide Inc. and energy provider Exelon Corp.
A referral tells a DARS counselor that you, or someone you know, would like to become a consumer of the DARS program. Anyone may refer a person with a disability who wants to work. Referrals come from social workers, doctors, mental health professionals, high school teachers, family, employers, hospitals and many others. If you are a person with a disability, you may refer yourself. Before you refer someone, please make sure that person knows about and agrees to being referred. Give referral information to your local DARS office by:
Full Social Security coverage (mandatory Social Security tax) was mandated beginning July 2, 1991, for state and local government employees who are not members of a qualifying public retirement system (FICA replacement plan) and who are not covered under a Section 218 Agreement, unless a specific exclusion applies under the law. A list of specific exclusions is included in Chapter 5: "Social Security and Medicare Coverage" of Publication 963PDF.
Basic Benefit PlanEach pay period, employees pay a small amount to the Basic Benefit Plan and their agency pays 1% of their annual pay into it. This plan also provides for long-term disability and survivor benefits for spouses and children. Employees need to have worked at least five years in government to receive retirement benefits from the Basic Benefit Plan. 2b1af7f3a8