Disability Employment Legislation


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NCSL’s Disability Employment Database provides current information on legislative efforts in the states and territories targeting disability employment issues and related disability issues. 

This database is supported through the State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED), a U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) initiative. Through SEED, ODEP is partnering with NCSL, the Council of State Governments and Concepts Inc. to review effective practices and present policy options to state legislators to improve the hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities in both the public and private sectors. The database will serve as a resource to this effort.

Bill information for the current year is updated every morning on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. New measures are added as they are introduced or identified by NCSL staff.

Bills may appear twice in carry over states. In these states, please check the last date of action to ensure the status of the bill reflects the appropriate year.

For faster performance, please use the fields below to filter your results. If you select nothing, the default search will pick up all topics and states in the most recent session year available. The full text of bills is available by clicking on the bill number. This feature is available for bills from 2015 and later.

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This database tracks all legislation from the 2016 legislative session, including 2015 carryover legislation, and covers the following disability employment and general disability topics:

Explanation of Search Keywords

Major Disability Employment Policy Areas

Includes competitive integrated employment, self-employment and entrepreneurship, return-to-work and leave, and state procurement and supplier diversity programs.

Public and Private Sector Employment Strategies

Relates to the state as a model employer and private sector employment supports and incentives.

Workforce Readiness and Education Efforts

Includes topics such as career readiness, vocational rehabilitation, education, special education, school-to-work transitions, financial literacy and asset building.

Accessibility and Employee Supports

Includes accessible technology, workplace accommodations, disability-related transportation and health policy, housing, community-based living and independent living.

State Implementation of Federal Disability Policies

Includes topics such as Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Rehabilitation Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Other Disability Policy Areas

Includes policy related to specific disabilities, statutory disability terminology language changes, older workers, non-discrimination, civil rights and affirmative action.