New Section 503 Rules for Federal Contractors Go into Effect March 24, 2014.

Posted by Adam Johnsen on March 24, 2014

Important Announcements

The New Rules for Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act that require federal contractors and subcontractors to plan affirmative action toward employing individuals with disabilities goes into effect today, March 24, 2014. These rules cover employers with federal government contracts or subcontracts of $10,000 or more. The new rules strengthen the enforcement of existing regulations and puts into place new requirements around recruiting, hiring and accommodating individuals with disabilities. Covered employers nowhave greater accountability and reporting requirements in their employment practices.


An excellent article on the New Rules for Section 503 appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, New Rules on hiring disabilities workers, vets go into effect for federal contractors

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs developed a Frequently Asked Questions document for Section 503 New Rules that is available on their website at

The ADA National Network provides a fact sheet on the New Rules at

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