OFCCP issues checklist on disability employment requirements

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has published a checklist designed to help contractors analyze whether their affirmative action plans meet the government’s requirements for ensuring employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The checklist is designed to help federal contractors meet the requirements of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act.

The OFCCP points out that the checklist “is organized to assist federal contractors with 50 or more employees and a contract of $50,000 or more to benchmark their current activities against Section 503, Subpart C Affirmative Action Program requirements.” The checklist allows contractors to compare their activities with the regulatory requirements so that they “can develop an Affirmative Action Program that ensures equal employment opportunity and fosters employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.”

The OFCCP emphasizes that the checklist doesn’t take the place of careful review of the regulatory requirements and other guidance provided by the OFCCP. Also, using the checklist doesn’t guarantee compliance with the regulations.