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Workplace Disability Disclosure Gets a Higher Profile Due to New Federal Regulations for Subcontractors

By Clif Boutelle, SIOP Public Relations

With only 26.3% of disabled working age (16-64) persons participating in the workforce versus 71.9% of working age persons without disabilities, according to the U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy, revisions to the regulations for Section 503 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act intended to reduce the disparity went into effect last March.

These changes impact federal contractors in a major way and are designed to improve employment outcomes for employees with disabilities.

A key revision recommends contractors have a target of 7% of their workforce being employees with disabilities. The goal is to make management more aware of employing disabled workers and to provide some accountability.

In addition, contractors are required to maintain records of the persons with disabilities who apply for jobs as well as those already in the workforce....Read more


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