Governor signs executive order, Missouri now a "Model Employer"

11 months 1 day 23 hours ago Monday, September 09 2019 Sep 9, 2019 Monday, September 09, 2019 8:23:00 PM CDT September 09, 2019 in News
By: Claire Bradshaw, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 19-16 on Monday making Missouri a "Model Employer" state.

The Model Employer initiative aims to help people with disabilities "obtain competitive, integrated employment." The emerging classification is supported by the federal Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy.

According to a press release, 79.8 percent of working age Missourians without disabilities are employed while 31.7 percent of those with disabilities are employed.

“Being a Model Employer is critical to developing and maintaining a talented state workforce that reflects the rich diversity of Missourians,” Governor Parson said. “We are committed to doing everything we can, both through this initiative and other efforts, to eliminate barriers to employment and expand job offers to individuals of all abilities.”  

The state says it will set yearly goals to ensure the number of working people with disabilities increases through the initiative.

There will be a Missouri as a Model Employer Talent Showcase at the State Capitol on October 10. It is a "reverse career fair" that will allow those with disabilities to display their skills to possible employers.

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