NEW YORK – Global law firm Reed Smith today announced that the National Organization on Disability (NOD) has recognized it as a 2020 Leading Disability Employer. The only law firm to be honored among the 68 organizations named by the NOD, this is the Reed Smith’s second commendation for its commitment to being an employer of choice for people with disabilities in recent months, following its recognition in the 2020 Disability Equality Index as one of the best places to work for disability inclusion in July 2020.

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Now in its sixth year, the NOD Leading Disability Employer Seal recognizes companies that demonstrate exemplary employment practices for people with disabilities. This annual recognition is designed to commend those organizations that are leading the way in disability hiring and to encourage other companies to tap into the many benefits of hiring talent with disabilities, including strong consumer preference for companies that employ individuals with disabilities and greater employee engagement across the workforce.

“Disability is at the heart of our diversity and inclusion strategy at Reed Smith and so we are delighted to have been recognized by the NOD this year” said Carolyn Pepper, co-partner chair of Reed Smith’s disability Business Inclusion Group, LEADRS.

The NOD Leading Disability Employer Seal is awarded based on data provided by companies in response to the NOD Disability Employment Tracker™, a free and confidential assessment that benchmarks companies’ disability inclusion programs in the following areas:

  • Climate & Culture
  • People Practices
  • Talent Sourcing
  • Workplace & Technology
  • Strategy & Metrics

While the Tracker is confidential, organizations may opt to be considered for the NOD Leading Disability Employer Seal. Responses are scored, taking into account both disability employment practices and performance. Scoring prioritizes practices that are associated with increased disability employment outcomes over time, and companies receive additional points based on the percentage of people with disabilities in their workforce.