The long awaited Section 503 (disability) and Section 4212 (protected veterans) regulations have finally been issued. Much fear and trepidation has been generated in the Federal Contractor community over the last few years over the possible impact of these new rules on the regulated community. Federal Contractors raised significant concerns about the prescriptive nature, the efficacy, and the burden hours of many of the proposals. If you were one of these Federal Contractors or one of their representatives, you will be pleased to note that the final rules have eliminated or modified some of the most troubling proposals.

Outside of the establishment of “benchmarks” for hiring individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and the emphasis on pre-offer self-identification, the rules may be more notable for what they do not do than for what they do.

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