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Any organization that receives funding from government or is a specific contractor or subcontractor for government works should be aware that, as of March 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs implemented a new set of rules and regulations for Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 503 prohibits discrimination in employment against individuals with disabilities (IWDs) and requires these employers to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain these individuals.

The changes to the law include a modified set of rules that apply to these hiring practices. The modified rules includes, amongst other things, an annual Data Collection requirement for hiring practices that must be retained for three years.

These requirements include:

A reliable data gathering software tool can make this process easy, whether for day-to-day HR interviewing and hiring practices or a roll-up end-of-year analysis. The necessary forms – be they paper or web – can make this process much easier to implement and archive.

In addition, an ongoing need for HR training remained a requirement. HR personnel should continue to be trained on best hiring practices to assure that employer ' continues to adhere to the standards put forth by the Rehabilitation Act. Training Needs Analysis and post training surveys can assist a great deal with the training process. It’s critical that you properly train your hiring personnel so they understand the needs put forth by the government and of the IWDs who apply for a position or who already work for your organization.

An effective method to gather data is critical for any organization – whether it be a university or a fortune 500 company – to adhere to these standards. A well written data collection tool or survey can help gather and maintain critical information for the required time periods.

SurveyTracker can help design, disseminate, gather and generate reports based on this critical information. Whether you distribute training assessments or HR hiring practice analysis forms via scannable form or web surveys, SurveyTracker can be a valuable assistant in your HR hiring practices for potential and already hired employees with disabilities.

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