WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
announced new regulations Jan. 3 regarding how federal agencies engage in
affirmative action. The goal is to have these agencies serve as “model
employers” for individuals with disabilities.
employment rates for individuals with disabilities is a national priority for
the federal government," said EEOC Chairwoman Jenny Yang. "These new
regulations provide concrete steps and accountability mechanisms to promote
employment and advancement opportunities for people with disabilities across
the government. The federal government is committed to leading by example and
creating a workplace where people with disabilities can thrive."
regulations do not focus on private businesses or state and local governments,
but mandate what federal agencies must do to comply with legal obligations for
engaging in affirmative action in employment.
Under the new regulations,
federal agencies must work toward a goal of 12 percent representation for
individuals with disabilities. To reach this goal, agencies must make sure they
have written reasonable accommodation procedures and specifically seek
qualified job applicants with disabilities.
many people with disabilities who have the skills and the desire to work remain
unemployed or underemployed,” EEOC Commissioner Chai R. Feldblum said. “These
regulations create new opportunities for people with disabilities to achieve
the satisfaction and economic self-sufficiency that comes with employment,
particularly by setting employment goals for people with targeted disabilities
and providing personal assistance services to those who need them in the