Friday, March 21, 2014

Are you Disabled?

Here’s a question that used to be totally illegal for prospective employers to ask, unless it had a specific bearing on the tasks an employee would be performing. It will soon become mandatory. “Are you disabled?”

According to The Wall Street Journal, “U.S. regulations going into effect next week require for the first time that federal contractors—a group that includes Boeing  Dell and AT&T—among some 40,000 others—ask their employees if they have a disability. Those that don't employ a minimum of 7% disabled workers, or can't prove they are taking steps to achieve that goal, could face penalties and, in the most extreme cases, the loss of their contracts, according to a government official. The target applies to contractors with 50 or more employees or more than $50,000 in government work.”

The good news: if you have a documented disability, you may become prime material on the job market, rather than someone struggling to be perceived as a viable candidate for a job no matter how good your skills.

Thanks and a tip o’ the hat to Joyce Tesar!

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