New Federal Disabilities Guide for Employers

On February 3, 2015, the Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative, a collaborative cross-section of various federal governmental agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor, released a new resource guide for employers titled “Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities.”  The purpose of the Guide “is to help employers implement commonsense solutions to ensure that people with disabilities, like all Americans, have the opportunity to obtain and succeed in good jobs and careers.”  The Guide notes that while approximately 35% of people are disabled, only less than 18% are employed.

The Guide principally provides links to various resources for employer use regarding the recruitment, retention, promotion, and accommodation of individuals with disabilities.  Where relevant, the Guide makes special note of mandatory practices applicable to covered government contractors and subcontractors.  The Guide also suggests best practices for all employers, such as targeted recruiting outreach, internships for disabled employees, accessible application and interview processes, tailored on-boarding programs, disability awareness and etiquette training, and accommodating return to work programs.

Takeaway:  Employers should be aware of the ongoing emphasis on hiring, retaining, and accommodating employees with disabilities.  Individuals who believe their rights have been violated do not hesitate to pursue claims.  In fact, in 2014 disability discrimination claims constituted almost 29% of all EEOC charges filed.  Accordingly, employers should familiarize themselves with helpful resources, like this new guide, and seek legal counsel as appropriate.

About Michael Miller

Michael is a Chambers-rated attorney in Briggs and Morgan's Employment, Benefits, and Labor group and is head of the firm’s Employment Law Counseling and Compliance practice group. He has 25 years experience counseling employers to prevent unwanted litigation and advises companies of ongoing changes in federal, state and local employment law. Michael advises employers in all areas of employment law including discipline and discharge, leaves of absence, wage and hour compliance, non-compete and confidentiality agreements, affirmative action plans, background checking, and drug/alcohol testing. For Michael's full bio, click here.

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