The Employment First Council

About the Employment First Council

House Bill 831, the Employment First Act, was signed into law in May 2018. The legislation established employment as the first and preferred option for individuals with disabilities receiving public services who choose careers as a path to independence. Georgia joins a strong national movement that includes 45 other states with some form of Employment First initiative, legislation or executive order.

The Employment First Council is comprised of 14 individuals with disabilities, ties to the community or roles in state agencies serving people with disabilities.

Chaired by Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency’s (GVRA) Executive Director, the role of the Council is to make recommendations to the Office of the Governor and the General Assembly for policies and legislation that align with inclusive, competitive employment for people with disabilities. Its leadership will also consist of a Vice Chair, who will be elected from the membership. The Council is to meet quarterly.

EFC Meeting Calendar

The tentative schedule for 2020 Employment First Council meetings is below. All meetings will be held at 200 Piedmont Ave. SE, East Tower, Room 860, Atlanta, GA 30334. Times and locations will be announced closer to the dates.

  • Nov. 10, 2020 
  • Feb. 2, 2021
  • May 4, 2021
  • Aug. 3, 2021
  • Nov. 2, 2021