Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Affirmative Action & Disability


The EEOC issued regulations yesterday on the role of the federal government to engage in affirmative action for workers with disabilities.  The EEOC notes the government's role as a "model employer," and provides regulations on how the government can achieve this standard.  The EEOC also provides a question and answer document to further assist with compliance issues.   From the press release:

"The regulations set goals for federal agency workforces of 12 percent representation for individuals with disabilities and 2 percent for individuals with "targeted" disabilities. Targeted disabilities are defined as disabilities that the government has, for several decades, emphasized in hiring because they pose the greatest barriers to employment, such as blindness, deafness, paralysis, convulsive disorders, and mental illnesses, among others. The goals apply at both higher and lower levels of federal employment.

The regulations also require federal agencies to provide personal assistance services to employees who need them to perform basic human activities at work, such as eating and using the restroom. These services will allow individuals with significant disabilities to enjoy the opportunity and independence of paid employment, which may reduce the amount of taxpayer funds spent on public disability benefits."

These regs are definitely worth taking a look at if you research or write in these important areas.

- Joe Seiner

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Thanks for the post on this topic. The regulations are a major advance for employment of people with disabilities. Advocates and scholars should be aware of parallel regulations that apply to federal contractors. 78 Fed. Reg. 58,682 (2013) (codified at 41 C.F.R. pt. 60-741).

Posted by: Mark Weber | Jan 7, 2017 12:58:15 PM

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