August 30, 2013

New 503 Regulations and Your Business!

Not mentioned in this week’s news that included wildfires in the crisis in Syria, is new Department of Labor regulations around hiring people with disabilities. We all know the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is too high. One of the ways the government wants to reduce the rate is by increasing the nationwide employment goal for federal contractors. What strikes me in the write-up is the self-identification.   The invitation to self identify maybe the
September 30, 2013

What is Disability?

discrimination is prohibited against “a qualified individual on the basis of disability.” What is Disability? Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act has had a few very important changes in the past few weeks, not the least of these are the definition of ‘disability.” In 2009, the ADAAA addressed the need to broaden the definition of disability – modifying key terms to help those to identify what is a disability. At Our Ability, we are helping
November 21, 2013

Chamber, Our Ability and Spilled Coffee

Today I had the opportunity to work with the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce. They are in the midst of the membership drive, and I was invited to come give my two cents. I shared table space with people from banking to dry cleaning. We produce videos and human resource seminars! Not a normal connection…but here comes the connectivity. While sitting there, I realize that I have made most of my connections locally with Our Ability
June 23, 2015

There’s Nothing Spontaneous about a Successful Career – Sodexo Guest Blog

Guest Blog By Trish Freshwater, Sodexo I’m a planner by nature. I live by my calendar and often look ahead in six-month chunks of time. For me, six months might as well be six weeks, or, sometimes six days. Life moves fast and if you’re not paying attention, it can pass right on by you. This is especially true when it comes to your career. If you don’t make plans and set goals, you’re likely
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