Employment First Missouri

Policy and Law

The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, is an essential piece of civil rights legislation. Learn more about what the ADA requires of employers and job seekers, as well as policies and laws affecting employees with disabilities, employers, and employment service agencies.

Social Enterprises and Agency-Owned Businesses: Guidelines for Providers
This brief gives an overview of guidelines developed for the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) providers seeking to develop a social enterprise/agency-owned business that will employ individuals who receive employment supports from DDS.

Volunteering, Internships, and Unpaid Work Experiences: Legal and Practical Guidelines
This publication examines these issues, and provides guidelines on the role of volunteer activities, internships and unpaid work when assisting and supporting individuals with disabilities. (Policy and Law/CBDS)

Job Applicants and the Americans with Disabilities Act
Issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), this fact sheet addresses common questions about how the ADA protects applicants with disabilities during the hiring process. Topics include asking for reasonable accommodations, handling disclosure, the meaning of "being qualified," and filing discrimination charges.

The ADA: Your Employment Rights as an Individual With a Disability
This pamphlet produced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provides a comprehensive overview of the ADA as it relates to employment – who is covered, types of reasonable accommodation, range of covered employment practices, disclosure guidelines, etc.

Questions and Answers About Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
This U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) document explains how the ADA applies to job applicants and employees with intellectual disabilities, in particular.

ADA Amendments Act Fact Sheet
Cornell University developed this brief overview, which summarizes new features of the ADA Amendments Act that was passed in 2009.

WIA IS NOW WIOA: What the New Bill Means for People with Disabilities
This ICI brief outlines the features of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act of 1009, including the Rehabilitation Act, through 2020.

WIOA Resources - Section 511, Subminimum Wage Policy
PowerPoint handout from 11/7/16 WIOA Restrictions on Subminimum Wage webinar
DOL Wage and Hour Division Letter
DOL Wage and Hour Division Bulletin
DOL Wage and Hour Fact Sheet
Section 511 Regulations

Employment First Policy, MO Division of Developmental Disabilities
This policy establishes that for working age adults served by the Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities, integrated, individual employment is the preferred service option and optimal outcome.