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After a court challenge failed, a new Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) rule designed to increase employment of people with disabilities went into effect on March 24, 2014. A key element of the rule is for federal contractors to set a goal that 7% of their workforce be persons with disabilities.

12-31-13Last month, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) filed a request for an injunction against an Aug. 27 rule from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The OFCCP rule alters federal contractors’ existing affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations for individuals with disabilities including sets hiring goals for disabled individuals.

Key Elements of the ABC court challenge include that Federal Contractor Affirmative Action Programs:, the award-winning job opportunity website that was created in 2001 to influence disability and employment-related practices and hiring of people with disabilities, will host its final virtual job fair of the year beginning October 8. All job seekers with disabilities and employers that value disability diversity are invited to participate during National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

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Lauren Bryant and Bill O'Connor

By Bill O'Connor

Lauren Bryant, AbilityLinks volunteer & intern at AbilityLinks is prepping for her next step in her academic career, walking down the halls of one of two Big Ten schools.

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