IPI's Workforce Responds to HIV Program
What is the Workfore Responds to HIV Program (WoRTH)?
Is your workplace ready to respond to HIV? The impact of HIV on the workplace intensifies with each year of this epidemic. HIV is the second leading cause of death among Americans aged 25-44 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This age group comprises the bulk of the U.S. workforce; in fact, over 50 percent of our nation's workers are in this age group. The CDC also estimates that approximately 1.2 millon people are living with HIV in the US.
Working while living with (or being affected by) HIV or AIDS can be hard. Many employers lack policies that protect individuals that are living with chronic illnesses. While there is some protection found in the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, these Acts alone do not protect a large population of people affected by HIV or AIDS. For example, to qualify for periodic time off for doctor's appointments, an employee must be employed by their covered employer for at least 12 months, have worked at least 1,250 hours AND the employer must have 50 or more employees. (Source: dol.gov)
How It Works
People who are living with (or affected by) chronic, lifelong illnesses are not able to put their illness, nor the treatment of their illness, "on hold" while they work at least 12 month and 1,250 hours. With this loophole, any employer can terminate their sick employee providing they don't qualify for protection under the Acts.
To directly address this severe lapse in protection, I'm Positive, Inc. is developing the most comprehensive workplace training program ever created! In conjunction with the CDC-developed "Labor/Business Responds to AIDS" program, our redeveloped and improved framework for this program is poised to create tangible change throughout the workforce. With 3 individual education and training programs (Employer, Employee and their Families) WoRTH encompasses a broad-range of resources for both HIV-infected and HIV-affected people.
If you are interested in applying
to become a WoRTH Speaker, Trainer
or Volunteer please click here to apply.
WoRTH is currently under development.
Stay tuned for more details!