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Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and Federal contractors

In 2014, individuals with disabilities may find it easier to land jobs with federal contractors and subcontractors. New U.S. Department of Labor regulations provide clear affirmative action goals and guidelines for recruiting, hiring, promoting and retaining qualified individuals with disabilities for companies that do business with the Federal Government. Currently, there are more than 200,000 such employers in the nation.


Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against individuals with disabilities, and requires these employers to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote and retain these individuals. On August 27, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a Final Rule that makes changes to the regulations implementing Section 503.The Final Rule strengthens the affirmative action provisions of the regulations to aid contractors in their efforts to recruit and hire individuals with disabilities. The Final Rule becomes effective March 24, 2014. The Final Rule is on the OFCCP Web site.

Federal contractors must:

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