The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed a new plan to encourage inclusive hiring practices. The Department already requires most federal contractors to ensure that at least 7 percent of their employees are people with disabilities. This new plan would present federal contractors that cultivate job opportunities for people with disabilities with an “Excellence in Disability Inclusion” award, exempting them from two years worth of compliance evaluations.
To qualify for the award, federal contractors must have an initiative to promote opportunities for people with disabilities or a written affirmative action program. They must also have not had any adverse decisions by a court related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) within the last three years.
The Department is asking for public input on the proposed award plan. You can share your thoughts at Regulations.gov. To read related documents, click “Open Docket Folder” at the top of the page. To leave a comment, click the blue “Comment Now!” button in the upper right corner. Comments are due by December 4.
For more information, contact Harvey D. Fort, Acting Director, Division of Policy and Program Development, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, at (202) 693-0103 (voice) or (202) 693-1337 (TTY).
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