News Updates

Major Changes Made to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act!

The U.S. Federal Government has recently announced New Rules for Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act which will require contractors and subcontractors with $10,000 or more in federal contracts to develop affirmative action strategies toward employing qualified individuals with disabilities. The New Rules for Section 503 strengthen the enforcement of existing regulations and put into place new requirements around recruiting, hiring and accommodating individuals with disabilities. Covered employers will now have greater accountability and reporting requirements in their employment practices. The immediate impact of these rules on Social Security beneficiaries pursuing employment are generally unknown, but WIPA projects and community agencies should pay close attention to the rollout of this new initiative.

A fact sheet summarizing the new rules can be found here:https://adata.org/factsheet/section-503-rehabilitation-act-new-rules-fact-sheet