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Department of Labor Calls For Accessible Job Recruiting Websites

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is sending employers an important message on accessible employment for all applicants, including those individuals with disabilities. DOL’s message is the 2010 theme for October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month. According to April 2010 figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, less than a quarter of the potential labor force of Americans with disabilities are employed (22%), compared with more than two-thirds of the labor force without disabilities (70%).

Federal contractors and subcontractors are required by law to take affirmative action to hire, retain and promote qualified individuals with disabilities. However, many contractors have moved toward using an online system as their primary, if not exclusive, method of accepting applications for employment. While some of these systems might be accessible, others are completely inaccessible or only partially accessible.

The OFCCP [Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs] has indicated they will conduct on-site audits to ensure accessibility. In anticipation of such an audit, federal contractors should provide applicants with instructions on another way to apply if they cannot access the online system.

Private employers covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) must avoid discrimination against people with disabilities throughout the recruitment, application and interview process. That’s why these employers can face a challenge if their sites are inaccessible.

Employers can find a collection of resources on accessibility through Earnworks, a free disability employment consulting service funded by the DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). One such resource, the Accessible Systems Racing League (ASRL), is an easy-to-use tool that highlights barriers job seekers and employees with disabilities might face when trying to access a company’s career site or other online HR recruiting and hiring tools and systems.

To read the entire article: Making Recruiting Sites Accessible


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