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.”