Dept. of Labor Introduces Ambitious Hiring Goals For Candidates With Disabilities

Dept. of Labor Introduces Ambitious Hiring Goals For Candidates With Disabilities

The federal government wants more people with disabilities to join the workforce.

The Department of Labor announced on Aug. 27 a new rule with a lofty goal for the federal government-contractor workforce: 7 percent of its employees should be people with disabilities.

That’s higher than the 5.7 percent of people with disabilities in the workplace when measured by a census survey.

The Labor Department says it is not demanding that these companies actually have a workforce made up of 7 percent of people with disabilities. Instead, it has an “aspirational utilization goal” to “give contractors a yardstick against which they can measure the success of their efforts in outreach to and recruitment of individuals with disabilities.”

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