The Labor Department proposed a rule on December 8 that would require most companies with federal contracts to set goals of having disabled workers make up 7 percent of their workforce.
Labor officials hailed the plan as an economic game-changer at a time when a staggering eight of 10 working-age Americans with disabilities are out of the workforce entirely.
The government long has used the leverage of federal spending to promote affirmative action in the hiring of women and minorities. The new rule would, for the first time, give similar treatment to people with disabilities.
Some businesses have indicated concern about increased costs, including for record-keeping and other paperwork. And Republican lawmakers have complained frequently about the costs that new regulations impose on businesses.
The Labor Department will take comments on the rule for 60 days before it considers final approval this year.
Read about it at:http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/sec503/Sec503