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Study Finds Most Job Accommodations Cost Little Or Nothing
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 28, 2006

WASHINGTON, DC--Nearly half of workplace accommodations needed for employees and job applicants with disabilities cost employers nothing, a study by the U.S. Department of Labor has revealed.

No-cost accommodations include such things as rearranging a work schedule.

The remainder of accommodations typically cost just $600 -- and those usually are one-time expenses -- said the Job Accommodation Network, which is conducting the survey for the Labor Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy.

"This new information indicates that for a very small investment in accommodations, an employer can hire or retain a good employee for the business," said Roy Grizzard, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy, in a press statement issued Tuesday. "This is a win for the employer and the worker."

By the end of December, JAN had interviewed 890 employers representing a range of industry sectors and sizes.

Along with the no-cost and low-cost accommodations, initial findings show that employers generally want to accommodate valued and qualified employees. They also show that employers benefit directly and indirectly because of retention of qualified employees, elimination of costs of training new employees, and increased productivity from those workers.

The accommodation study continues through September 2007.

Job Accommodation Network


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