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Employment of People with Disabilities
The May jobs report released this morning was guardedly positive, with non-farm payrolls adding 217,000 jobs and unemployment remaining roughly flat.
A few weeks ago we posted about our Unified Workforce program, which provides employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities at our Hayden Island food packaging facility.
Today marks the first effective day of the US Department of Labor 7% Final Rule, requiring federal contractors to take steps to recruit, hire, promote and retain individuals with disabilities.
At DePaul Industries’ facility on Portland’s Hayden Island, about 35 employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities work side by side with employees with and without disabilities, helping to package food and consumer goods that will be distributed around the United States and the world.
Last year, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced a Final Rule that applies to all federal contractors and subcontractors, stating that they are required to set an aspirational goal that a minimum of 7% of their hires are people with disabilities.
There’s been a lot of talk about the Department of Labor’s new 7% Rule officially announced last month, requiring government contractors to take affirmative action to ensure that 7% of the individuals they hire are individuals with disabilities. Here’s what you need to know:
Are you concerned about reducing costs, increasing productivity and reducing employee turnover? Of course you are, and of course every successful business owner would explore any and all ways in which to do so. So, have you considered hiring workers with disabilities?