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Career Opportunities with SSB BART Group

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Interested in working for a company that provides you a chance to grow professionally, give back to society and make money doing it? If so, SSB BART Group  may be the right company for you. SSB helps companies design and enhance their digital systems – including web sites, web applications, software, hardware, and services – so they are usable by people with disabilities. In the same way that buildings must conform to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) modern web sites, applications and mobile systems must be accessible to people with disabilities or face legal liability. SSB enables organizations to… Read More

Lawsuit Claims Marriott Discriminates Against Blind Employees

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Last week the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC) and TRE Legal filed a class action lawsuit in federal court against Marriott, alleging that the hotel giant discriminates against employees who are blind by requiring its managers to use inaccessible computer software and rejecting accessible alternatives. Ali Faraj, a Marriott employee who is blind, has been excluded from advancement to a management position with Marriott based on the hotel chain’s requirement that managers use a Sales Force Automation (SFA) software program called Siebel CRM (Customer Relation Management).  Despite requests, Marriott has refused to configure or modify its SFA software so that… Read More

The Importance of Workplace Accessibility

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by Debra Ruh, Chief Marketing Officer It is critical to assure that the workplace is accessible for your current employees and future employees. Sometimes people think workplace accessibility only relates to new hires, but it’s just as important to retain your talented employees. Replacing employees is very expensive. A study by the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, University of California, Berkeley evaluating the effects of the US Family Medical Leave Act found that “turnover costs for a manager average 150% of salary, including tangible costs of hiring a new employee and relocation, and intangible costs such as the… Read More

SSB’s CEO and CMO Featured in Evolved Employer Article

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This month SSB’s CEO Tim Springer and Chief Marketing Officer Debra Ruh are featured in an article by Evolved Employer, discussing the ROI of hiring people with disabilities. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and the article discusses the financial and operational benefits gained by hiring talented employees with disabilities. You can read the article in full at Leveraging the Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilities

Verizon Hit with Largest Disability Lawsuit in EEOC History

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In a press release last month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that Verizon Communications will pay $20 million and take other remedial measures to settle a class action disability discrimination lawsuit that the EEOC filed against the company. The consent decree for settlement of the lawsuit, which is pending judicial approval, is the largest disability discrimination settlement in a single lawsuit in EEOC history. The lawsuit claimed that Verizon unlawfully denied reasonable accommodations to hundreds of employees and disciplined or fired them pursuant to the company’s “no fault” attendance policy. Under Verizon’s no fault policy, if an employee… Read More

The ROI of Hiring Technologists with Disabilities

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Employers looking to gain a strategic edge may find that hiring technologists with disabilities provides an attractive return on investment. Technologists with disabilities give everyone from private industry to educational institutions a way to improve the accessibility of their technology, hire a diverse workforce, and drive in more business by focusing on social responsibility and inclusion. Individuals with disabilities represent a huge market segment and a large untapped workforce. Additionally, with the recent amendments to the ADA and the updates coming soon to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, technological accessibility needs to keep pace with the new legislation. These… Read More

Breaking Down the Barriers to Equal Employment Opportunities for ALL People

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co-written with Debra Ruh, SSB Chief Marketing Officer A large number of organizations today use the internet to post job openings and receive resumes and online applications. If a person wants to apply for a position they are routed to an online career (jobs) center usually via the organization’s home page. The career site usually contains job postings, information about the organization, a place to submit a resume and often an online application form. Many career sites ask the applicant to answer questions online, capture key words to help them sort applicant data, and save that information in a database…. Read More

SSB Staff Featured in Bloomberg Businessweek Series

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SSB’s own Jonathan Avila, Chief Accessibility Officer, and Debra Ruh, Cheif Marketing Officer, are featured in Bloomberg Businessweek’s series about employment, accessibility and assistive technology, “CEO’s Guide to Assistive Technology.” Jon Avila was interviewed after he wrote a blog post about his experience with the iPad, “iPad Accessibility – My Perspective.” The Businessweek article, “The iPad’s Secret Abilities,”explains how The Apple tablet is helping people with disabilities by reading e-mails, voicing directions, and zooming in on text. Debra Ruh was interviewed about her positive experiences with hiring people with disabilities for the article, “Getting People with Disabilities Back to Work“…. Read More

Accessibility in the Hiring Process

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Overview Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, along with Titles I and IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), prohibits discrimination related to employment for people with disabilities. Section 503 targets federal government agencies and contractors, and covers a wide range of employment processes including recruitment and applications.  Titles I and IV of the ADA also include the application and hiring process, but are directed toward private and public employees. Today 78% of companies have some kind of career section on their websites, and 98% of job seekers use the Internet for their employment searches. This is… Read More

The OFCCP and You

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The OFCCP is a program within the US Department of Labor that enforces the contractual requirements placed on US Federal government contractors and sub-contractors relating to the equal employment of individuals with disabilities. The activities of the OFCCP are principally driven by the requirements of Section 503 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you generate revenue directly or indirectly from the US Federal Government you should be aware of the OFCCP.

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