ePolicyWorks Twitter Chats: Enhancing Citizen Engagement through Digital Conversations

The key to any good dialogue is to keep the conversation going. That's why ePolicyWorks hosts Twitter chats – whether to continue to find important details from our online dialogues or to further engage with citizens on important topics around disability employment. Twitter chats are a quick and easy way to interact with citizens and deliver information.

Opening America's Workplaces Again Twitter Chat

On May 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Office of Compliance Initiatives in partnership with the Office of Disability Employment Policy hosted a Twitter chat about challenges that may be faced as businesses reopen and how USDOL can best help employers and workers reopen America's workplaces safely. The chat featured guests from the American Nursing Association; the DirectEmployers Association and Recruit Rooster; Mental Health America; and the Society for Human Resource Management.

Providing Expanded Family and Medical Leave to Employees Affected by COVID-19 Twitter Chat

Held on March 25, 2020 this event focused on how the U.S. Department of Labor can help employers and employees understand their responsibilities and rights with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for reasons related to COVID-19. The chat was joined by featured guests Amber Clayton, Director of the Society of Human Resource Management’s Knowledge Center, Judy Conti, Director of Government Affairs for National Employment Law Project, and Candee Chambers, Executive Director of DirectEmployers.

Supporting Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Twitter Chat

On August 20, 2019, U.S. Department of Labor's (USDOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy's ePolicyWorks together with USDOL's Office of Compliance Initiatives, Wage and Hour Division, and Women's Bureau, hosted a Twitter Chat focused on supporting nursing mothers in the workplace. The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee's Interim Executive Director, Amelia Psmythe, and Senior Workplace Program Manager, Cheryl Lebedevitch, as well as SHRM's Knowledge Center Director, Amber Clayton, joined the chat as featured guests.

Spotlight on Autonomous Vehicle Pilot Programs and Policy Twitter Campaign

To continue the important conversations held during Infrastructure Week 2019, @ePolicyWorks engaged targeted state and local representatives to share inclusive autonomous vehicles (AV) efforts taking place around the country and highlight AVs' potential impact on the employment of people with disabilities. This campaign ran from May 17 (at the culmination of Infrastructure week) through May 24, 2019. ePolicyWorks shared recent articles and news around AVs and their potential to improve employment options for people with disabilities, posted daily questions for followers, and retweeted responses from our followers and state and local governments.

Support for Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship Twitter Chat

On February 21, 2019, ePolicyWorks hosted a Twitter chat that discussed policies and best practices to support self-employment and entrepreneurship as viable employment options for individuals with disabilities. Featured guests included the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Education for People with Disabilities project and Disability:IN. Participants joined the real-time Twitter conversation by following and tagging their posts with the hashtag #EPWChat or by following @ePolicyWorks on Twitter: twitter.com/ePolicyWorks

Past ePolicyWorks Twitter Chats

Technical Support Questions

What is a Twitter chat?

It's an organized event where people participate in an interactive conversation through tweets. Our chats focus on pre-arranged topics and use hashtags unique to each chat. The hashtag allows you to easily follow the conversation on Twitter. Chats are scheduled for a designated time and date and are archived here for you to view at any time.

How do I participate?

In order to join an ePolicyWorks Twitter chat, you must have created and be logged into your Twitter account. Once you log in, use the designated hashtag to share your thoughts and follow the progression of the chat in real time.

What are tips for joining a chat?

  1. Participate!
  2. Use the designated hashtag in all of your tweets during the chat.
  3. The questions will start with the letter "Q" and a number to indicate where we are in the chat (e.g. Q1). Reply with the letter "A" and the number of the question you're answering (e.g. A1).
  4. Retweet or reply to tweets that you like.
  5. Use an individual's Twitter handle if you want to reply to them directly.

Who do I contact if I need help?

Please contact ePolicyWorks@dol.gov if you have any questions.