October 29, 2007 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and CVS Caremark have established an alliance to encourage and promote the employment of people with disabilities through training and education, outreach and communication, technical assistance and other efforts.

“This alliance will mutually benefit CVS Caremark, the company’s workforce and customers, the Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the general public,” said Karen M. Czarnecki, acting assistant secretary of labor for ODEP.  “Hiring, retaining and advancing employees with disabilities is just good business. ODEP and CVS Caremark will share information, guidance and resources that will help to develop model programs for other employers, particularly in the retail and pharmacy services industries.”

CVS Caremark, headquartered in Woonsocket, RI, employs approximately 190,000 people and has 6,200 retail and specialty pharmacies, 11 mail service pharmacies and 14 call center locations nationwide.

A Department of Labor news release reported that through the two-year alliance, ODEP and CVS Caremark jointly will distribute training and education materials to, as well as share effective disability employment practices with, the company’s human resources leaders. They will collaborate to identify technical assistance resources in providing workplace accommodations. The two organizations also will disseminate information in a variety of ways to promote a national dialogue on disability employment issues.

Source: Department of Labor