The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed some changes to Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) regulations. The proposed rule would update the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations of the law to bring them in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability rights laws. The changes are designed to help ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to employment and training services.
WIOA is the Department of Labor’s primary mechanism for providing financial assistance for job training and placement services. Section 188 prohibits anyone from being excluded from these services due to their disability, age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief. The proposed changes would update the regulations to address current compliance issues in the workforce system, and to reflect existing law under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
If you would like to share your thoughts, you can read more about the proposed changes and make comments at the Federal Register here. You can submit a comment by clicking the green “Submit A Formal Comment” button on the right side of the page. The comment deadline is March 26, 2016.
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The Fifth Freedom Network