Recently confirmed Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, is ushering in a new era for people with disabilities. The Department of Labor’s (DOL) branch, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued final rulings amending current affirmative actions requirements for various employers in the government contractor community.
According to the DOL, expected OFCCP final rulings will revise the nondiscrimination and affirmative action requirements for individuals with disabilities by establishing a 7 percent utilization goal for the employment of individuals with disabilities for federal contractors and subcontractors. In addition, the ruling would require more substantive analysis of recruitment and placement actions taken under both laws, and require the use of goals and/or benchmarks to assess the effectiveness of affirmative action efforts. The rules would also revise certain recordkeeping requirements.
These rules, which mark a revision of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, have been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, a process that typically takes up to three months, before they can be formally finalized and published in the Federal Register.