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Friday, 15 May 2015

Employment news from the budget and elsewhere

Budget money to help people with intellectual disability to enter the workforce
Michael Edwards, AM (ABC Radio), 15th May 2015
Disability services groups are welcoming an increase in funding aimed at helping intellectually disabled people enter the workforce ...

2015 Budget launches disability employment package
Every Australian Counts, 14th May 2015
Many people with disability are keen to work but finding the right job and overcoming discrimination can be a challenge. Will new measures for disability employment announced in the budget be enough? ...  
(This link was also posted here in a compilation of links about the 2015 Federal Budget)

Job program for Indigenous people with disability
ProBono Australia, 11th May 2015
A new program aimed at assisting Indigenous people with disability access and participate in tertiary education so they can gain meaningful employment has been launched in Cairns ...

Employees with disability working in ADEs caught in back-pay standoff
Josh Bronstein, The Sydney Morning Herald, 12th May 2015
... The Court found that BSWAT breached the Disability Discrimination Act because it reduced "wages to which intellectually disabled workers would otherwise be entitled by reference to considerations which do not bear upon the work that they actually do" ...  As it became clear that the government was intent on refusing to pay the back-pay it owed, further legal action in the form of a class action was instituted by a team of lawyers acting pro bono. I am one of those lawyers. Undeterred, the government continued with its cat and mouse strategy to chisel the disabled workers. It tried to cut a deal directly with them to settle for up to half of their back-pay. Urgent court intervention skittled that tactic ...

'It's hard to find a job when you have Down's syndrome'
Victoria Derbyshire, BBC 2, 7th May 2015
People living with Down's syndrome tell Victoria Derbyshire there are still too many barriers to finding a job. James Hamilton told the programme he was disappointed to be told "thank you but goodbye" once he had completed some work experience.

Shanna Bellot, Huffington Post (blog), 1st April 2015
Something curious is happening in Corporate America. Business leaders are discovering a whole new source of talent they never realized existed: people with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Of course, this population has been there all along. But now that their bottom-line value is beginning to be understood ...

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