And the Number Is In! Labor Dept. Sets 7 Percent Hiring Goal


picture of the U.S. Department of Labor SealBy Barbara Otto

After months of anticipation, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule to improve the employment outlook for people with disabilities—setting a hiring goal for federal contractors and subcontractors that 7 percent of each job group in their workforce be qualified individuals with disabilities.

The Labor Dept. updated Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, introducing specific actions contractors must take in the areas of recruitment, training, record keeping and policy dissemination–similar to those that have long been required to promote workplace equality for women and minorities.

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