Tag: disabilities

People with Disabilities: An Underutilized and Growing Talent Pool

I am often asked about the types of jobs a person with a disability can do and my answer is always the same—“What do you have?” The reality is that the talent pool of people with disabilities remains underutilized, even though it includes job seekers with a wide and diverse range of education, degrees, professional certifications, work experience and skills.


Who Let the Dogs in? Possibly HR: Service Animal Requests in the Workplace

Employees’ service animal accommodation requests tend to bring out the beast in everyone – employees requesting the accommodation, employers, and other employees.  Anecdotally, service animal questions are on the rise, dogging HR professionals.  The issue is here to stay.


Does the ADA Require Noncompetitive Transfers? Courts Remain Split

The question of whether the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires noncompetitive transfers as an accommodation has long divided the federal courts of appeal. And until the U.S. Supreme Court answers the question, employers are left with a mix of conflicting court rulings and federal guidance.


October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Did you know that October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? It was originally declared by Congress back in 1945; at that time, it was a week titled “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” The name and duration have evolved since then, settling on National Disability Employment Awareness Month in 1988.


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 […]


EEOC calling for changes to ADA regulations related to wellness programs

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing how employer wellness programs can be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The EEOC announced the proposed rule on April 16, and it was published in the Federal Register on April 20. Members of the public have until […]


New resources available on upcoming rules for federal contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has posted new resources on its website to help federal contractors comply with new regulations pertaining to recruiting people with disabilities and veterans. New regulations going into effect March 24 strengthen requirements under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and […]


Construction association sues to stop OFCCP’s new affirmative action rule

On November 19, 2013, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), a national association for the construction industry, filed a request for an injunction in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) final rule affecting federal government contractors, including construction contractors. […]