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(Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs)

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) monitors the adherence to contractual promises of affirmative action and equal employment opportunity required of those who do business with the federal government.

(Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

(DOL Office of Disability Employment Policy)

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is the only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities.

US Department of Labor

U.S. Department of Labor Mission: To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

(Wage and Hour Division)

The WHD enforces Federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. WHD also enforces the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage garnishment provisions of the Consumer Credit Protection Act, and a number of employment standards and worker protections as provided in several immigration related statutes.

Standard Occupational Classification System

Standard Occupational Classification (COS) System – Should be “BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics)” The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.

(Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act)

USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act) The U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) information on the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face.

Veterans’ Employment and Training Service

U.S. Department of Labor (Veterans’ Employment and Training Service) VETS serve America’s veterans and separating service members by preparing them for meaningful careers, providing employment resources and expertise, and protecting their employment rights.

(Workforce Recruitment Program)

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students with disabilities.

(Job Accommodation Network)

JAN provides free, confidential technical assistance about job accommodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Center for Accessible Living CAL is a disability rights and resource center for people with disabilities, governed by people with disabilities.

(Employer Assistance and Resource Network)

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) is a free resource that helps employers tap the benefits of disability diversity by educating public- and private-sector organizations on ways to build inclusive workplace cultures.

(National Industry Liaison Group)

The National Industry Liaison Group (NILG) is a non-profit organization formed in 1992 for the main purposes of improving communications between the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and Industry Liaison Groups (ILGs); and, enhancing the quality and overall effectiveness of Industry Liaison Groups.

(Society for Human Resource Management)

(SHRM) has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management.

(Louisville Society for Human Resource Management)

Louisville Society for Human Resource Management (LSHRM) is committed to excellence in the practice of human resource management and is Kentucky’s largest professional human resources organization.

(Bluegrass Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management)

BGSHRM (Lexington SHRM)The Bluegrass Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (BGSHRM) is committed to serving the professional and advancing the profession. Our chapter was formed in 1957 and is comprised of approximately 300 Human Resource professionals in the Lexington-Bluegrass area.

(Business Diversity Network of Kentucky)

BDNKY, Inc. is sponsored by companies who really care about diversity and inclusion, and want to make a difference in the community. We provide educational opportunities and allow businesses to share best practices.

(Louisville Urban League)

Louisville Urban League assists African Americans and other marginalized populations in attaining social and economic equality through direct services and advocacy.

(Coalition for Workforce Diversity)

The Coalition For Workforce Diversity is a network of employers, service providers, and resources that are committed to supporting people with disabilities focusing on employment opportunities.

(Kentucky Refugee Ministries)

Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Inc. (KRM), a non-profit organization, is dedicated to providing resettlement services to refugees through faith- and agency-based co-sponsorship in order to promote self-sufficiency and successful integration into our community.

Catholic Charities of Louisville

Catholic Charities of Louisville provides service for people in need, advocate for justice in social structures, and call the entire Church and other people of good will to do the same.

Family Scholar House

The mission of Family Scholar House is to end the cycle of poverty and transform our community by empowering families and youth to succeed in education and achieve life-long self-sufficiency. FSH provides services for disadvantaged single-parents, their children and foster alumni.

National and Federal Resources:

APSE (Association of Professionals Supporting Employment First)

APSE is the only national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to Employment First, a vision that all people with disabilities have a right to competitive employment in an inclusive workforce.

Southeast ADA Center

The Southeast ADA Center (formerly known as Southeast DBTAC) is your leader in providing information, training, and guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and disability access tailored to the needs of business, government, and individuals at local, state, and regional levels.

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce

The NGLCC is the business voice of the LGBT community, the largest advocacy organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people, and the exclusive certifying body for LGBT-owned businesses.

Human Rights Campaign LGBTQ Recruitment Resources

Increasingly, businesses are engaged with professional recruiting event for LGBTQ students and professionals. A new generation is entering into the work force with more expectations of fairness than previous cohorts. Beyond touting employment non-discrimination policies and inclusive benefits, employers are actively recruiting LGBTQ workers.

Local Resources

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)

The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) assists Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence.

Kentucky Career Center Veteran’s Express

There are many resources available for employers interested in hiring veterans, including job matching training programs, tax credits and more. Connect with your Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) here (

Kentucky Association of Professionals Supporting Employment First (APSE)

A resource for everyone interested in seeing employment as a real option for all Kentuckians, regardless of impact of disability.

Coalition for Workforce Diversity (Lexington) 

The purpose of the Coalition is to develop collaborative partnerships between employers, job seekers with disabilities and employment service providers.

Dress for Success Louisville

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Dress for Success Lexington

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Kentucky Fairness Campaign

The Fairness Campaign is a broad-based community effort dedicated to equal rights. The Fairness Education Fund’s mission is to initiate and develop projects that broaden community awareness and understanding of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.

Urban League of Lexington

The Urban League of Lexington–Fayette County is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to assist African Americans and disadvantaged citizens in the achievement of social and economic equality.