Author Topic: Feb 2012- New federal rule could improve employment for people with disabilities  (Read 2318 times)

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The purpose of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is to enforce, for the benefit of job seekers and wage earners, the contractual promise of affirmative action and equal employment opportunity required of those who do business with the Federal government.

The US Department of Labor has proposed a new rule that would require federal contractors and subcontractors to set a hiring goal of having 7 percent of their workforces be people with disabilities.  The proposed regulatory changes detail specific actions contractors must take in the areas of recruitment, training, record keeping and policy dissemination.  Despite the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, which requires equal employment opportunity for people with disabilities, unemployment rates for this group as a whole are considerably higher than than those of people without disabiliites.  This rule would hold employers accountable by requiring data collection and record-keeping practices that documents their efforts in hiring people with disabilities and processing of requests for reasonable accommodation.  For more on this proposed rule, read the press release.
and this article                  
OFCCP Proposes Utilization Goal for Disabled Individuals at

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