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EEOC and DOL issue Disability Resource Guide

26 Oct


Update Applicable to:

Federal contractors

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commissio

What happened?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) issued the guide to explain the key roles these agencies have in Rehabilitation Act enforcement, outreach, and education, which includes important information about the Rehabilitation Act for workers and employers, such as but not limited to where to turn for help, examples of best practices, links to relevant agency publications, and additional resources for the public sector and federal contractors.

What are the details?

The EEOC, the Department of Labor, OFCCP, and the ODEP have jointly released a resource guide titled “Employment Protections Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: 50 Years of Protecting Americans with Disabilities in the Workplace.” This guide aims to provide information and support for the recruitment, hiring, and employment of individuals with disabilities.

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, celebrating its 50th anniversary, paved the way for individuals with disabilities to access federal and federal contractor employment. It served as a model for the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, expanding equal employment opportunities.

The EEOC, ODEP and OFCCP enforce and promote the following:

1. The EEOC enforces Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act, which prevents federal agencies from discriminating against individuals with disabilities at work and requires them to eliminate disability-related employment barriers.

2. The ODEP works to promote policies that enhance workplace success for people with disabilities.

3. OFCCP enforces Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, preventing discrimination against individuals with disabilities by federal contractors and subcontractors.

The agencies are committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities and inclusion for individuals with disabilities in the workforce; this resource guide signifies a commitment to supporting and advancing disability rights in the workplace, emphasizing equal opportunities and inclusion for all.

Finally, this resource allows employers to build a more inclusive workforce by expanding their recruiting methods to find the most qualified workers and adopt strategies that help them keep and advance their talents.

For more information, please see the links below:

Official EEOC Press Release

Guide: Employment Protections Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

What do employers need to do?

Federal contractors should review the above resources and review policies and procedures in reference to the new guide.

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