Employers Push Back on New Hiring Target for Disabled?
The Obama administration is pushing a new regulation requiring most federal
contractors to have disabled persons comprise at least 7 percent of their work
force or risk having their contracts revoked.
One problem with the proposal: Only about 5.7 percent of the civilian work
force — those working or looking for work — technically qualifies as disabled,
meaning there might not be enough disabled workers for every business to meet
the new requirement.
The Labor Department proposal "could reshape hiring at roughly 200,000
companies that generate $700 billion a year in contracts with the federal
government," The Wall Street Journal reported.
Businesses with fewer than 50 workers and less than $50,000 in federal
contracts would be exempt from the requirement. But larger firms that don't
reach the 7 percent target could lose their contracts or be barred from
obtaining future contracts until they demonstrate that they attempted to meet