New Regulations Issued on the Federal Government’s Obligation to Engage in Affirmative Action for People with Disabilities
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today published regulations explaining what federal agencies must do to comply with their legal obligation to engage in affirmative action in employment and otherwise serve as "model employers" for individuals with disabilities. The rule consolidates existing requirements from several sources, including the requirement that federal agencies have written reasonable accommodation procedures. It also sets goals for federal agency workforces of 12 percent representation for individuals with disabilities and 2 percent for individuals with "targeted" disabilities including mental illness. "Increasing employment rates for individuals with disabilities is a national priority for the federal government," said EEOC Chair Jenny Yang.