Tag Archives: Section 503 of the Rehabilitation act

OFCCP and ODEP Provide Insights for Good Disability and Inclusion Practices

Last Week, OFCCP Director Craig Leen and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (“ODEP”) Jennifer Sheehy, joined with the National Industry Liaison Group to discuss disability and inclusion. With 500 Section 503 Focused Reviews on OFCCP’s March 2019 CSAL list, the timing was perfect to hear directly from the OFCCP Director … Continue Reading

OFCCP Acting Director Shares His Vision for Upcoming Agency Initiatives

Day two of the 2018 ILG National Conference has concluded and it was another day packed with information and insights for attendees. Riding the “waves of change”, over the past two days OFCCP and officials from the U.S. Department of Labor Solicitor’s Office as well as the EEOC, have shared their insights, thoughts, and new initiatives and … Continue Reading

Disability Self-ID form approved for another 3 years

As some of you may have noticed, the current OMB approval for the required disability self-identification form expired January 31, 2017.  On the eve of its expiration, OMB approved the form for another three years – until  January 31, 2020. An updated version of the form (in multiple languages) can be found here.  According to OFCCP’s … Continue Reading

OFCCP Releases Informational Section 503 Compliance Checklist

As a continuation of its recent education and outreach efforts, OFCCP released a Checklist for Compliance with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.   The checklist was developed by the U.S Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and covers obligations under Subpart C of the revised Section 503 regulations. The checklist is … Continue Reading

OFCCP’s Section 503 Regulations Withstand Challenge

The United States Supreme Court has declined to accept Associated Builders & Contractor’s request to review the legality of OFCCP’s recently enacted regulations for individuals with disability.  This rejection signals the end of ABC’s year and a half long challenge of the Agency’s Section 503 regulations. While this may be the final chapter for ABC’s challenge, the Agency and … Continue Reading

New Disability Regulations Withstand Continued Challenge

As a follow up to a story from earlier this year, the D.C. Circuit court has rejected the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABCs) challenge of the requirements under the revised regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. In November 2013, ABC filed suit alleging OFCCP issued its recently revised regulations pertaining to individuals … Continue Reading

Upcoming Chance to Chat with DOL about Section 503 Regulations and Opportunities

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Social Security Administration are holding a Twitter Chat to discuss efforts to improve employment opportunities for millions of qualified workers with disabilities.  Details are as follows: ————————————————————————– Save the Date! October 24, 2014 Twitter Chat: You’re invited to join Ticket to Work for … Continue Reading

OFCCP Responds to Contractor Requests: Seeks Approval for Drop-Down Box and 7 Languages for Disability Invitation

In connection with its revisions to the regulations covering individuals with disabilities, OFCCP requires employers to use a Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability form to collect information from applicants and employees.  Based on initial feedback from the contractor community, OFCCP provided an electronic, writeable, version of the form. OFCCP recently requested approval to modify the form … Continue Reading

New Vets & Disability FAQs: What does “jobs filled” mean?

In addition to addressing questions about the self-identification process and hiring individuals with disabilities, OFCCP has provided further guidance on calculating “jobs filled” under the new regulations. Under both the new VEVRAA and Section 503 regulations, employers must now track and compare the number of “jobs filled” to the number of “job openings” as part of … Continue Reading

Insights Into OFCCP’s New VEVRAA and Section 503 FAQs

Last week OFCCP released new FAQs providing additional guidance for employers implementing the new veterans and disability of regulations. OFCCP has used the post-effective date release to clarify questions for contractors as they work to implement the regulation’s new obligations. On the issue of the treatment of individuals who identify as a protected veteran at … Continue Reading

OFCCP and ODEP Provide Practical Tips for Employers

As part of its training for employers on the new Veterans and Disability Regulations, OFCCP partnered today with the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) to provide employers with effective practices for hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities. The presentation was based on ODEPs seven key Business Strategies that Work and highlighted the following five … Continue Reading

OFCCP Working On Public Service Announcement Regarding Disability Inquiries; New Training Offered

Public Service Announcement During her keynote address at the AAAA conference last week, OFCCP Director Patricia Shiu said the Agency is working on a public service announcement to help explain why federal contractors will soon begin requesting disability status from applicants and employees.  We’ve heard from many in the contractor community that there are concerns, … Continue Reading

Impact (So Far) of New Veterans and Disability Regulations in Compliance Reviews

Last week during The OFCCP Institute’s Annual Summit, Consuela Pinto from the Department of Labor’s Solicitor’s Office, in addition to speaking on other topics, touched on the impact of OFCCP’s new veteran and disability regulations thus far. Ms. Pinto confirmed OFCCP has not processed any violations based on audits involving application of the new regulations. … Continue Reading

Greetings from the 2014 SWARM Regional Conference

Good Morning Folks!  We just listened to Melissa Speer, OFCCP SWARM Regional Director, open up the 2014 SWARM Regional Conference from the beautiful Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield, Colorado.  As you can imagine Melissa had a lot of new OFCCP developments to chat about, including the recent Presidential executive actions surrounding pay discrimination as well … Continue Reading

Join Jackson Lewis Attorneys for The OFCCP Institute’s Annual Summit in DC – May 20th-22nd

Its about one month since OFCCP’s new rules covering Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities became effective and the agency is starting to vigorously enforce the new rules.  Combined that with OFCCP’s increasingly aggressive enforcement of Directive 307 – which sets forth the agency’s new approach to investigating employers’ compensation systems for systemic discrimination – and … Continue Reading

Happy Effective Date Day: March 24th has come and gone but the work’s not over yet

With the passing of the March 24th effective date for OFCCP’s new veteran and disability regulations, we will turn our focus to the Sub-Part C obligations which must be implemented with the next regular update to your affirmative action plan.  Don’t worry though, we will also continue to blog about enforcement and implementation of the non-Sub-Part … Continue Reading

Challenge to New Disability Regulations Fails on Cusp of Effective Date

As previously reported, a number of federal contractor associations have raised questions and concerns regarding the new veteran and disabled regulations.  In November 2013, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (“ABC”) challenged the validity of the disability regulations in federal court and today the United States District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the regulations, … Continue Reading

OMB Approves Fillable Spanish and Word Version of Mandatory Self-ID form

In response to contractor requests, OFCCP submitted, and OMB approved, a fillable Spanish pdf version and Microsoft Word version of the  Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability form that will be required by the agency’s new regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. An employer’s required use of the new self-ID form will depend on the date of … Continue Reading

OFCCP Provides Guidance on Disability Goals and Veteran Benchmarks

In the fourth, and final, installment of its “Moving Toward Compliance” series, OFCCP today provided guidance to contractors on the new disability utilization goals and veteran hiring benchmarks. In addition to providing insight on the regulations the webinar included presentations from two disability and veteran organizations. The Agency spent considerable time walking through examples of … Continue Reading