Federal Contractors: New Disability Self-Identification Form
The Office of federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently released a revised self-identification form that federal contractors must use to comply with new federal regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 503 requires federal contractors and subcontractors to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote and retain individuals with disabilities (IWDs).
The OFCCP issued new regulations last fall that take effect March 24, 2014. The regulations require contractors to ask applicants to voluntarily self-identify their disability status at both the pre-offer and post-offer phases of the application process. The regulations also require contractors to invite their employees to self-identify as IWDs every five years.