The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is publishing a final rule today on its long-awaited regulations regarding affirmative action for the disabled by federal contractors and subcontractors. Specifically, the rule being published in the Federal Register updates and strengthens the provisions of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that require federal contractors and subcontractors to affirmatively consider for hiring and promotion qualified disabled individuals.

The proposed regulations aim to describe specific actions the employers must take to achieve affirmative hiring and promoting, increase the contractor's data collection obligations, and establish specific utilization benchmarks to help measure the effectiveness of the contractor's affirmative actions.

If you're a federal contractor or subcontractor, you should obtain a copy of Personnel Concepts' All-On-One Federal Contracts Poster and display it prominently. The poster will communicate  your commitment to affirmative action in all your employment practices.