Monday, June 2, 2014
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The EEOC recently announced a public invitation to comment on potential changes to the Rehabilitation Act regulations. This statute protects federal government employees from discrimination on the basis of disability. The Commission is considering revising the regulations to more fully address what federal agencies should do to satisfy the Rehabilitation Act. More specifically, the EEOC is looking to provide guidance to agencies on how they can become "model employers" under the act. The Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking solicits public comments on this issue. From the EEOC press release:
"The Commission is specifically seeking answers to seven questions listed in the announcement, such as what barriers exist to the hiring, retention, and advancement of individuals with disabilities in the federal government, what regulatory requirements could eliminate these barriers, and whether numerical goals should be established for the employment of people with disabilities by the federal government."