Government Compliance

Government Compliance: Federal Contractors – Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act

New Regulations effective March 24, 2014

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released new regulations to Improve Job Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities.

On September 24, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs published a Final Rule in the Federal Register that makes changes to the regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Section 503) at 41 CFR Part 60-741. Section 503 prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment against individuals with disabilities (IWDs), and requires these employers to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain these individuals. The new rule strengthens the affirmative action provisions of the regulations to aid contractors in their efforts to recruit and hire IWDs, and improve job opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The new rule also makes changes to the nondiscrimination provisions of the regulations to bring them into compliance with the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.

The new Section 503 regulations became effective on March 24, 2014. However, contractors with a written affirmative action program (AAP) already in place on the effective date have additional time to come into compliance with the AAP requirements. This compliance structure seeks to provide contractors the opportunity to maintain their current AAP cycle.

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Federal Contractors – Section 503

Businesses – Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)

Section 504 guarantees that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States, shall, solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance or under any program or activity conducted by any Executive agency or by the United States Postal Service.. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) extended Section 504 to apply to most of the private sector including private employers, stores, hotels, and restaurants – Learn More.

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Businesses (Section 504)

Website Accessibility

Section 508, Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Section 508 requires that individuals with disabilities, who are members of the public seeking information or services from a federal department or agency, have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that provided to the public who are not individuals with disabilities. The Civil Rights Center enforces the complaint provisions of this section.

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Website, Electronic and IT (Section 508)


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