Government Contractor Compliance: Accessible Technology
As most of our readers know, companies that are federal contractors and subcontractors are subject to new rules (which became effective on March 24, 2014) with respect to individuals with disabilities. The new rules amended 41 CFR part 60-741, the nondiscrimination and affirmative action provisions of section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and expanded the obligations of contractors to ensure equal employment opportunity for individuals with disabilities. For more information, see posts by our Government Contractor Compliance & Relations Group. Among other things, contractors now must work towards the goal of having at least 7% of their workforce consist of individuals with disabilities. One way to attract and retain individuals with disabilities and to minimize barriers to advancement is to utilize technology. IBM has long been in the forefront of development and use of technology in this regard. Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal included a special section entitled “C-Suite,” which featured IBM’s Chief Administrative Officer, Frances West. The article contains a great discussion about how IBM is using technology to assist employees and customers with disabilities and to ensure accessibility in the workplace.