New Checklist from OFCCP Related to Affirmative Action
The Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and requires government contractors and subcontractors to take affirmative action to give jobs to and promote qualified individuals with disabilities. According to the DOL, an affirmative action program is meant to provide individuals with disabilities with equal employment opportunity-it is supposed to be dynamic in nature and have measurable objectives and involve internal auditing. These affirmative action requirements under Section 503 apply to all government contracts and subcontracts over $15,000 for the purchase, sale or use of personal property or nonpersonal services. The written affirmative action programs requirements found in Subpart C of the Section 503 rule apply to every government contractor with 50 or more employees and a contract of $50,000 or more.
The regulatory authority (OFCCP) has now developed an interactive checklist for contractors—the purpose of the checklist is to make contractors aware of their obligations and help them to comply with these obligations.