Think Beyond the Label Partners with Top Employers as New U.S. Department of Labor Disability Hiring Requirements Take Effect

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Online recruiting and training events help businesses connect with qualified workers with disabilities, meet hiring requirements effective March 24.

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As the new disability hiring requirements take effect today, we will continue to help businesses...find and engage qualified workers with disabilities and showcase their company’s commitment to a diverse workforce.

Think Beyond the Label, a cross-sector collaborative that connects qualified job seekers with disabilities to U.S. businesses that seek to hire them, is partnering with top employers nationwide to help them meet the U.S. Department of Labor’s new Section 503 requirements, which take effect today, March 24, 2014.

Think Beyond the Label is helping employers like the Internal Revenue Service, Qualcomm, Quest Diagnostics, Wells Fargo, KPMG and many others meet the new disability hiring requirements through a series of disability recruiting tools, including its online career fairs, online business training and one-on-one consultation from Think Beyond the Label experts.

New Section 503 requirements
In August 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor set a hiring goal for federal contractors and subcontractors that 7 percent of each job group in their workforce be qualified individuals with disabilities. These new requirements go into effect today, and employers will need to begin showing evidence that they are taking proactive steps to recruit workers with disabilities. Think Beyond the Label’s online recruiting and training events help employers understand and meet these new requirements.

“At LGS Innovations, we are dedicated to a diverse and inclusive workforce and are always looking to expand our talent pool and recruiting efforts,” says Bill Coder, Recruiting Manager at LGS Innovations. “We really appreciated the opportunity to participate in Brazen Careerist’s recent Think Beyond the Label diversity recruiting event. The event format allowed LGS to meet with talented candidates who happen to have a disability.”

“Think Beyond the Label provides employers with easy, no-nonsense strategies to help them find and hire the most qualified talent with disabilities nationwide,” says Barbara Otto, CEO of Health & Disability Advocates, the Chicago-based policy and advocacy organization that operates Think Beyond the Label. “We know that hiring top talent is just as critical as meeting Section 503 compliance regulations for businesses in this economy. As the new disability hiring requirements take effect today, we will continue to help businesses enhance their disability recruiting processes, find and engage qualified workers with disabilities and showcase their company’s commitment to a diverse workforce.”

2014 Think Beyond the Label Online Career Fairs
DATES: May 21, July 30 and Oct. 22 (all Wednesdays)
TIMES: 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm Eastern Time
SIGN UP: Online registration is available now
COST: Free for job seekers with disabilities

For more than a year, Think Beyond the Label’s online career fairs have connected qualified job candidates with disabilities to top U.S. government agencies, global corporations and colleges and universities, including: The Boeing Company, KPMG, Wells Fargo, The Internal Revenue Service, The Hartford, AT&T, Union Pacific, IBM, UnitedHealth Group, Qualcomm, Aetna, Graybar, Merck, TRW Automotive, Trustmark Companies, NextEra Energy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Clark University and many others. Participating employers gain one-on-one access to Think Beyond the Label’s 6,000 registered community members. All have disabilities, and most have five or more years of work experience and college or advanced degrees

“Best Practices in Disability Hiring” Online Business Training
Free for all employers, Think Beyond the Label’s “Best Practices in Disability Hiring” webinars have been attended by many of the nation’s top employers, including UPS, Xerox and Verizon. Think Beyond the Label will host a number of these webinars in 2014.

The webinars are approved for one general credit hour toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Participating employers learn how to comply with the new regulations, how to find and engage qualified job seekers with disabilities, how to showcase diversity hiring initiatives to enhance employer brands, meet Section 503 compliance requirements and gain access to ongoing consultation and support from Think Beyond the Label experts. All Think Beyond the Label online events are co-hosted by Brazen Careerist, a leading cloud-based recruiting technology firm that connects employers and candidates in virtual recruiting events.

About Think Beyond the Label
Think Beyond the Label is a cross-sector collaborative that helps businesses and the public workforce system more effectively recruit, hire and retain job seekers with disabilities across 50 states. Think Beyond the Label connects the entire range of job seekers with disabilities to employers looking to hire through its virtual career fairs, online jobs portal, social platforms and community profiles. Our partnership spans state health and human service and employment agencies; businesses; and Health & Disability Advocates, a national private nonprofit organization that manages the Think Beyond the Label partnership. For more information, please visit

About Brazen Careerist
Brazen Careerist is transforming career and professional development through its live, online event platform Brazen Connect. The cloud-based platform is leveraged by hundreds of employers, universities, job boards, associations and media companies for better recruiting, expanded networking and valuable audience engagement. For more information, please go to

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