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1 JAN is a service of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. Best Practices for Implementing Section 503 Robert “Bobby” Silverstein, JD Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, PC Alicia M. Wallace, MBA Wellpoint Director of EEO Compliance, Corporate HR Center of Excellence Team

2 Changes to Section 503: From OFCCP: Section 503 prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of disability by Federal government contractors and subcontractors. Section 503 also requires that covered contractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities. 2 Preparing for Section 503

3 Changes to Section 503: Goal of revised Section 503:  Update and strengthen contractors’ affirmative action and nondiscrimination responsibilities  Reduce the disparity in the employment rate of individuals with disabilities 3 Preparing for Section 503

4 Changes to Section 503: Purpose of Affirmative Action Program and Plans:  Management Tool  Institutionalizes commitment  More than just a paper exercise  Dynamic in nature  Includes measureable objectives towards progress 4 Preparing for Section 503

5 Changes to Section 503: OFCCP: Highlights of the Final Rule:  Utilization goal 7% utilization goal for qualified IWDs.  Data collection  Invitation to Self-Identify  Incorporation of EO Clause  Records Access  ADAAA 5 Preparing for Section 503

6 From OFCCP: Contractors with existing Affirmative Action Plans on the effective date may wait to come into compliance with Subpart C as part of their standard AAP review and updating cycle. OFCCP recommends that all contractors begin complying with Subpart C of the new regulations prior to the issuance of their first AAP under the new rules. Must comply with other revised requirements by the effective date. 6 Preparing for Section 503

7 From OFCCP: Self-identification -  Pre-offer invitation to self-identify  Post offer invitation to self-identify  Employees invitation to all employees 1 st year and then every 5 years. 7 Preparing for Section 503

8 From OFCCP: Contractors must invite their employees to self- identify every five years, beginning the first year that they become subject to the Section 503 voluntary self-identification requirements. In addition, at least once during the years between these invitations, contractors must remind their employees that they may voluntarily update their disability status at any time. 8 Preparing for Section 503

9 Utilization Goal: From OFCCP: The new regulations include an aspirational utilization goal of 7 percent. OFCCP created this goal to give contractors a yardstick against which they can measure the success of their efforts…More specifically, contractors should use the goal to measure the change in the representation of individuals with disabilities in their workforce….The goal is not a quota. 9 Preparing for Section 503

10 From OFCCP:  The recordkeeping requirements are modified to incorporate the new three-year record retention timeframe required under § (f)(4) and (k).  Contractors must document all actions taken to comply with audit and reporting requirements and retain such documentation as employment records. 10 Preparing for Section 503

11 From OFCCP: Reasonable Accommodations  Obligations to provide reasonable accommodation is matter of nondiscrimination.  If an individual with a disability is having performance problems that may be related to the disability, contractor is required to ask if an accommodation is needed.  Written reasonable accommodation procedures are not required, but are best practice. 11 Preparing for Section 503

12 From OFCCP: “To do’s” before contractor’s next AAP cycle  Invite candidates to self identify  Conduct a self-id survey of employees  Implement documentation procedures for:  Outreach and recruitment efforts  Self audit and reporting systems 12 Preparing for Section 503

13 From OFCCP:  Conduct documented assessment of outreach and recruitment efforts  Train employees engaged in key personnel activities  Conduct data analysis related to applicants and new hires  Draft EO Policy statement showing top executive support for AAP  Ensure applicants and employees have equal access to contractor’s personnel processes  Conduct annual workforce assessment, apply utilization goal, identify problems, and develop action oriented programs 13 Preparing for Section 503

14 Technical Assistance: OFCCP Toll-Free at (TTY: ) or contact us by at OFCCP- Or field office at Crosswalk of previous rule and the new final rules: ction503_Crosswalk_QA_508c.pdf Training: binars.htm 14 Preparing for Section 503

15 JAN 503-Related Resources:  SNAP! Tool - Applicant Tracking Software Accessibility Tool  Free Webcast Training Series:  Just-in-Time Training: 15 Preparing for Section 503

16 16 Questions?


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