Tag: Rehabilitation Act


ADA: Reading Disorders, Government Employees, and National Security

In a recent case involving an employee with a previously unidentified reading disorder—which raised national security concerns because of his involvement with nuclear weapons—the 10th Circuit (which covers Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming) showed just how seriously courts view the Rehabilitation Act’s accommodation requirements.


First Things First: Court Outlines Test for ADA Interference Claims

At the end of September, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin), outlined—for the first time—the test for analyzing disability-based interference claims under the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

EEOC Plans Disability Hiring Goal for Federal Employers

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced May 15 its intent to issue regulations that create a plan for federal employers to serve as “model employers” of workers with disabilities — a plan that may include a hiring goal, according to the commission. The announcement came just weeks after a 7-percent hiring goal for federal […]

What Is Section 503? What Is VEVRAA? What Federal Contractors Should Know

People with disabilities and veterans both have disproportionately high levels of unemployment compared to the rest of the population, but there are laws on the books aiming to reduce that gap. In fact, two of those regulations – Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) […]

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. […]

Construction Group Sues DOL Over New Contractor Regulations

Associated Builders and Contractors has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor alleging that its new hiring regulations for federal contractors exceeds the department’s statutory authority. The regulations, which implement Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, require federal contractors and subcontractors to aim to have individuals with disabilities make up 7 percent of […]

New regulations toughen requirements for federal contractors

Federal contractors soon will have to establish benchmarks for hiring veterans and employing individuals with disabilities as a result of two new rules from the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The new regulations are expected to be published in the Federal Register within the next couple of weeks, […]

SCOTUS to Review Affirmative Action, OFCCP Wants Disability ‘Goals

Supreme Court Review While the case the Supreme Court will hear involves public colleges and universities, the ruling could eventually impact other courts’ decisions on affirmative action programs outside of higher education, notes BLR Legal Editor Susan Schoenfeld. In 2003, the Supreme Court ruled in Grutter v. Bollinger that public colleges and universities could not […]

Feds Consider Requiring Contractors to Meet 7% Hiring Goal for Workers With Disabilities

Federal contractors will have to meet a 7 percent hiring goal for individuals with disabilities under a U.S. Department of Labor proposal announced December 8.  DOL’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (41 C.F.R. 77056) which included, among other things, a mandate that employers aim to have individuals with […]