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  • Summary date: May 29 2018 - View Summary

    Identical to H 981, filed 5/22/18.

    Directs the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to study the development and implementation of a statewide program that establishes the State as a model employer in the employment of individuals with disabilities. Sets three goals of the program: (1) increase disability inclusion and access to State agency employment, (2) specifically target an increase in employment of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by state agencies, and (3) demonstrate to local government and private sector employers the viability and effectiveness of employing individuals with disabilities. Requires DHHS to consult with the Office of State Human Resources (OSHR) and solicit the input of key stakeholders in developing and implementing the program.

    Requires DHHS, in consultation with the OSHR, to examine existing programs in other states and consider the feasibility of implementing a comprehensive program in North Carolina that contains one or more of seven specified components, including developing explicit reasonable workplace accommodation guidelines that include managing costs and providing a request process that encourages individuals with disabilities to apply for State employment and enabling data collection for evaluation and oversight of the State’s employment practices for hiring individuals with disabilities.

    Requires DHHS, in consultation with the OSHR, to report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services on the results of the study and any legislative recommendations by December 1, 2018.