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WIOA Section 188 nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center (CRC) announces publication of WIOA Section 188 nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations (29 CFR Part 38) in the Federal Register on December 2, 2016. The rule’s updated provisions generally reflect obligations already imposed by changes to other nondiscrimination and equal opportunity laws that expanded, for example, protections against unlawful discrimination on the basis of disability, national origin (including limited English proficiency), and sex.

Check out the rule, a Fact Sheet, FAQs, and other related information on the CRC’s Web site at https://www.dol.gov/crc/188rule/.

(December 2, 2016)

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Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR)—November 2016

The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), together with its federal partners in the Departments of Education and Labor, provided technical assistance on the final regulations under titles I and IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) at the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) fall conference, November 7 through November 10, 2016. Under title I, the technical assistance addressed final regulations implementing the joint performance indicators and the one-stop infrastructure. Under title IV, the Rehabilitation Act, the technical assistance addressed final regulations implementing program-specific changes made to the State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services program and the State Supported Employment Services program, as well as final regulations implementing new section 511, Limitations on the Use of Subminimum Wage.

(November 23, 2016)

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Webinars

RSA maintains a page listing upcoming and past webinars. You may find these webinars of particular interest.

(November 7, 2016)

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OSEP/RSA: Transition-Related Changes to the VR Program Regulations

On October 13, 2016, RSA and OSEP held a webinar focused specifically on transition-related changes under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The webinar focused on transition-related changes to the vocational rehabilitation (VR) program regulations, as amended by WIOA including transition-related definitions specific to the provision of pre-employment transition services and transition services; the scope of pre-employment transition services, group transition services and individualized transition services; requirements of and considerations related to the formal interagency agreement between State educational agencies and VR agencies; and limitations on the use of subminimum wage. The OSEP website contains links to this event and other WIOA related TA materials.

For resources and more information please visit: Osep.grads360.org

(October 13, 2016)

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5 Things You Should Know about WIOA

Friday, July 22, 2016 marked the two-year anniversary of President Obama signing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law. Check out the following link for five important things to know about WIOA: http://blog.ed.gov/2016/07/5-things-know-wioa/

(July 26, 2016)

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Workforce Success Story

On June 30, 2016, Secretary of Education John King and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez released a video highlighting the important role American Job Centers play in meeting the needs of all job seekers under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Secretary King commented on the success of Janet Terry, who received vocational rehabilitation services and other services as a result of connecting with an American Job Center in Pittsburgh, PA. The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services has published a blog to share Janet Terry’s success story.

(July 11, 2016)

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WIOA — Second Anniversary

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2014. This landmark legislation and its implementing regulations are designed to strengthen and improve our nation’s public workforce system and help Americans with significant barriers to employment, including individuals with disabilities, into high quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers.

On June 30, 2016, the Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services held a teleconference with over 1,000 stakeholders to announce that the WIOA final rules are publicly available. Read a transcript of the June 30th teleconference ( PDF, 164KB). The final rules are available on the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) website and they will be published soon in the Federal Register.

On July 5, 2016, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and RSA held a teleconference with its stakeholders to announce that the WIOA final rules are publicly available. The July 5, 2016 teleconference transcript ( PDF, 243KB) also includes information regarding the program-specific final rules related to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by title IV of WIOA.

Six months after the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) National Convening, and only weeks after WIOA Final Rules were made publicly available, leaders from Federal agencies—U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services—convened on July 19, 2016 to celebrate the second anniversary of WIOA and answered some initial questions on the joint final rule. The webinar was titled “WIOA at Year Two: Continuing the Conversation” — a video recording, a transcript, and a supporting PowerPoint are available.

(July 22, 2016)

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RSA Regional Meetings on Program-Specific Requirements under the Rehabilitation Act

The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) held three regional meetings to provide technical assistance on the final regulations implementing program-specific changes made to the State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services program and the State Supported Employment Services program, as well as those implementing Limitations on the Use of Subminimum Wage in new section 511 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by WIOA. In the regional meetings, RSA provided technical assistance on the following areas: competitive integrated employment, employment outcome, and limitations on the use of subminimum wage (section 511); transition services, including pre-employment transition services; supported employment; and fiscal requirements.

For more detail see http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/rsa/wioa-meetings-on-final-regs.html

(June 6, 2016)

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WIOA Joint Policy Guidance on Data Sharing and Confidentiality

The Departments of Labor and Education are committed to providing technical assistance as State workforce and education partner agencies begin preparation for reporting under WIOA. Accordingly, the Departments of Labor and Education are issuing this joint guidance on data matching to facilitate performance reporting and evaluation. This joint guidance is a resource to provide information to assist State agencies, educational agencies and institutions, and service providers in meeting WIOA requirements. The joint guidance and any related documents may be found at http://familypolicy.ed.gov/content/joint-guidance-data-matching-facilitate-wioa-performance-reporting-and-evaluation.

(August 23, 2016)

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Additional WIOA Information and Resources

 

To learn more about RSA—or use tools and download data—visit our Web portal at https://rsa.ed.gov or click on one of the links below.



   
Last Modified: 12/02/2016