Monday, August 16, 2010

ODEP: Now Available — Reports on Affirmative Action for People with Disabilities and Disabled Veterans in the Federal Contractor Sector

U.S. Department of Labor
Office of Disability Employment Policy

As part of its mission, ODEP contracted with Economic Systems Inc. to assess existing affirmative action policies applicable to people with disabilities and disabled veterans. Specifically, the policies set out in the regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 503) and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) were evaluated to determine whether and how Federal contractor affirmative action programs might be modernized as part of a comprehensive strategy to reduce barriers to employment and eliminate earnings gaps.
The researchers produced two reports:
Volume I: Data Sources and Models
Volume II: Modernizing Affirmative Action
Review the researcher’s findings and conclusions (under “Affirmative Action”)

AAAA Comment: Amending the Section 503 Regulations to make disability affirmative action programs more comparable to the Executive Order 11246 programs will have major record keeping and other implications for employers. This report and the OFCCP's Advance Notice of Proposed Rule making should be read and comments should be filed with the Department of Labor.

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