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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

New Rules To Increase The Employment of the Disabled

Labor Department Announces Final Rules To Increase Employment of Veterans and People With Disabilities. Is Your Safety Program Ready?

The Department of Labor has announced two final rules related to veterans and people with disabilities. One rule updates requirements under the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA), the other updates Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

"Strengthening these regulations is an important step toward reducing barriers to real opportunities for veterans and individuals with disabilities," said Patricia A. Shiu, director of the department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, which enforces both laws.

The VEVRAA rule provides a standard metric for federal contractors to use in measuring their employment of veterans. The new rule requires contractors to report annually using a benchmark either based on the percentage of veterans in the workforce nationally (currently 8%), or their own benchmark based on the best available data. The DOL states that this reporting requirement will enable contractors to assess the effectiveness of their recruitment efforts. It also clarifies job listing and subcontract requirements to facilitate compliance.

The Section 503 rule establishes a hiring goal of 7% of each job group in their workforce be individuals with disabilities. The rule also adds specific requirements contractors must take in recruiting, training, record keeping, and policy dissemination. These rules are similar to those that have in place to promote workplace equality for women and minorities.

With a requirement that 7% of your workforce be people with disabilities, is your safety program designed appropriately? People with disabilities have special needs that may impact their safety. As your employment of people with disabilities increases, be sure your safety program takes into account the safety needs of people with disabilities. For example, how will you accommodate service animals? Is every location in your facility wheelchair accessible?  Do you have areas of refuge for disabled people who cannot quickly get out of the building during an emergency?  Is your safety signage appropriate?

Read the Department of Labor Press Release

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Blogger Alexa Cabria said...

great idea for the disabilities they need that to ensure their safety..

8:26 PM  
Anonymous alexa said...

I am glad about this rules. It can really help a lot of people specially veteran and disable persons. It's a big help for them.

9:50 PM  
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