New rules by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will require federal contractors and subcontractors to ask applicants and current employees whether they are individuals with disabilities. These new rules are described in a recent alert by Husch Blackwell attorney Molly Kurt.
While such an inquiry is otherwise prohibited by the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), the new rules embody the agency’s efforts to directly influence the employment of veterans and individuals with disabilities. These rules will impact employers with construction, supply and service contracts or subcontracts with the federal government.
The rules also impose significant new recordkeeping obligations on federal contractors and subcontractors, set high placement goals and hiring benchmarks for veterans and individuals with disabilities, and authorize OFCCP to obtain more contractor information during compliance reviews.
To read the full alert, click here.