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Guides to Promote Federal Hiring of Workers with Disabilities

December 15, 2009

In a previous blog from October, our California Labor and Employment Lawyers discussed the Obama administration's initiative to create equal employment federal job opportunities for individuals with disabilities --opportunities that welcome the special abilities of all qualified employees and help them to grow to their fullest employment potential.

Obama proclaimed October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and called upon the Federal Government, the nation's largest employer, to set a positive example and implement new employment practices and policies to increase opportunities for disabled workers.

In advancing Obama's campaign to increase the federal hiring of disabled employees, The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, (EEOC) has released a new set of guidelines to promote individuals with disabilities--made specifically for each participant in the federal hiring process in a clear, simple and straightforward way.

The EEOC-issued guides are called the five "ABCs of Schedule A" guides, and are made for applicants with disabilities, hiring managers, human resources professionals, service providers, disability program managers and selective placement coordinators. According to Christine M. Griffin, Acting Vice Chair for EEOC, agencies have to work harder to encourage the participation of individuals with severe disabilities in the federal workplace, as the participation rates are rapidly declining.

The EEOC's LEAD (Leadership for the Employment of Americans with Disabilities) Initiative is trying to increase the amount of disabled individuals employed by the federal government, and the ABC guides aim to help recruit and hire disabled employees. Under the ABC guides, candidates who are qualified and who meet the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) guidelines can be non-competitively hired. The EEOC's partnership with the Department of Labor's Office of the Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) also made these guides possible.

The EEOC enforces the federal laws that prohibit workplace discrimination and upholds Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which specifically prohibits disability discrimination in the workplace. The ADA requires that employers make reasonable accommodations for disabled workers and job applicants. The Obama Administration's campaign is trying to expand opportunities to workers with disabilities by upholding the ADA to the full civil rights statute that was originally intended by Congress.

Our labor and employment lawyers at Howard Law, PC, are knowledgeable about workplace disability discrimination in Orange County and throughout Southern California. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against because of a disability, contact us today.

EEOC Launches Guides to Spur Federal Hiring of Individuals with Disabilities: EEOC Press Release, December 14, 2009

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2009, President of the United States of America: A Proclamation, September 30, 2009

Related Web Resources:

Facts About the Americans with Disabilities Act, (EEOC)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, (EEOC)

United States Department of Labor: Office of Disability Employment Policy, (ODEP)