In a recent bulletin, the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that they have been increasing their emphasis on compliance with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act.
For reference, the Rehabilitation Act not only requires federal contractors and subcontractors to treat all qualified job applicants and workers equally and fairly, regardless of disability, but also requires them to take proactive steps to recruit, hire, retain, and advance qualified individuals with disabilities.
The bulletin goes on to note that OFCCP has chosen to make Section 503 a focus of our enforcement due to the challenges individuals with disabilities face in both obtaining and keeping employment.
SMACNA contractors performing federal work may want to review their employment practices for non-bargaining unit work to ensure it encompasses efforts to recruit and retain individuals with disabilities as well as let their JATC and union know of the need to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities as apprentices and as journeyman.
Please read the entire bulletin here.