OFCCP Approves Self-Identification of Disability Form

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a form that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will require for use by federal contractors and subcontractors.  The form is for Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability.  

This form is required under the recent changes to the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act.  The new requirements provide that businesses that work with the government need to reach out to employees and prospective employees and allow for self identification of a disability.  Completing the form is voluntary and will not be used in making employment decisions.  The employers need to use the information to meet the required OFCCP's workforce goal requirements for disabled workers which is set at seven percent .

The form states that an employee is disabled if "you have a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that substantially limits a major life activity, or if you have a history or record of such an impairment or medical condition."  The form than proceeds to list some examples of disabilities.  The employee or prospective employee can then choose to self identify or not answer.  

There is currently some opposition to the form because it does not recognize that disability status can change over time.  The form also may discourage those who do not have one of the disabilities listed on the form, but have a different disability.  
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