Author: David Newburger – Contact: Starkloff Disability Institute, St. Louis, Missouri
2016-03-22 – The U.S. government is taking steps to ensure that federal agencies and contractors that serve the government hire more individuals with disabilities.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) proposed the new rule applicable to federal agencies on February 24, 2016. The proposal calls for federal agencies to have 12 percent of their workforce comprised of people with disabilities of whom two percent are people with “targeted/severe disabilities,” and to provide “personal assistance services” during work for employees whose disabilities present the need.
“This means federal agencies and government contractors will add more people with disabilities to their workforce. We work to empower every organization do the same.”
This policy is long overdue. It is big step forward in alleviating chronic unemployment and poverty. Current data show that approximately 80 percent of working-age people who are disabled are out of the workforce entirely, even though many are highly educated, skilled, and qualified for professional jobs.
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Public comments about the proposed rule are open until April 25, 2016. Presumably, the EEOC will then vote on the rule and send it with any revisions for publication in the Federal Register.
This means federal agencies and government contractors will add more people with disabilities to their workforce. We work to empower every organization do the same.
The 12 percent goal
The EEOC’s proposed rule follows a 2014 U.S. Department of Labor rule, known of as “Rule 503,” that now requires…