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EEOC Requests Input on Revisions to Section 501 of the Rehab Act

May 2014 – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is interested in revising the regulations implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which directly “governs employment of individuals with disabilities by the federal government.” The EEOC is looking to the public for input on how to improve federal hiring of people with disabilities. Under the current law, federal agencies are obligated to serve as model employers of people with disabilities, but there are no set rules they must follow by which to achieve this result.  The EEOC hopes to remedy this through the provision of specific rules that address topics such as employment goals, workplace accommodations, and hiring, retention and advancement practices The Commission has issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to gain public comment on the matter, requesting suggestions and/or comments. The deadline to submit responses is Monday, July 14, 2014 by 5pm EDT.

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