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Oct. 29, 2019
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Idaho National Laboratory named 2019 NOD Leading Disability Employer
INL recognized for exemplary disability hiring and employment practices
IDAHO FALLS — The National Organization on Disability (NOD) has named Idaho National Laboratory a 2019 NOD Leading Disability Employer. Now in its fourth year, the NOD Leading Disability Employer seal recognizes companies that demonstrate exemplary employment practices for people with disabilities.
This annual recognition is designed to applaud those organizations that are leading the way in disability hiring. The organization also encourages additional companies to tap into the many benefits of hiring talent with disabilities, including strong consumer preference for companies that employ individuals with disabilities and greater employee engagement across the workforce.
The winning organizations were announced at NOD’s Corporate Leadership Council Annual Forum, Shifting the Talent Paradigm: Inclusive Culture for a Modern Workforce, hosted by lead sponsors PwC and Charter Communications – Spectrum.
"These winning organizations understand that by welcoming people with disabilities, they reap the benefits of a more productive and engaged workforce,” said NOD Chairman Governor Tom Ridge. “The preeminent challenge before us is to ensure that people with disabilities enjoy full opportunity for employment, enterprise and earnings, and that employers know how to put their talents to work. We thank Idaho National Laboratory for their leadership and for their commitment to hiring people with disabilities.”
The NOD Leading Disability Employer seal is awarded based on data furnished by companies in response to the NOD Disability Employment Tracker, a free and confidential assessment that benchmarks companies’ disability inclusion programs in the following areas:
• Climate & Culture
• Talent Sourcing
• People Practices
• Workplace & Technology
• Strategy & Metrics
• Veterans Employment (optional)
While the Tracker is confidential, organizations may opt to be considered for the NOD Leading Disability Employer seal. Responses are scored, taking into account both disability employment practices and performance. Scoring prioritizes practices that are associated with increased disability employment outcomes over time, and companies receive additional points based on the percentage of people with disabilities in their workforce.
“Winning this award for a second year in a row solidifies INL’s position as an employer of choice and a leader in inclusion,” said Dr. Todd Combs, INL’s Energy & Environment Science & Technology associate laboratory director and Veterans & People with Disabilities Leadership Council executive sponsor.
The full list of 59 companies named 2019 Leading Disability Employers is available in the National Organization on Disability news release.
INL is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratories. The laboratory performs work in each of DOE’s strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science and environment. INL is the nation’s center for nuclear energy research and development. Day-to-day management and operation of the laboratory is the responsibility of Battelle Energy Alliance. See more INL news at www.inl.gov. Follow us on social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, nonprofit organization that seeks to increase employment opportunities for the 80% of working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed. To achieve this goal, NOD offers a suite of employment solutions, tailored to meet leading companies’ workforce needs. NOD has helped some of the world’s most recognized brands be more competitive by building or enriching their disability inclusion programs. For more information about NOD and how its professional services, Corporate Leadership Council and Disability Employment Tracker can help your business, visit www.NOD.org.