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Are You Disabled? Your Boss Needs to Know
Wall Street Journal ^ | March 18, 2014 | LAUREN WEBER

Posted on 03/19/2014 8:29:15 AM PDT by reaganaut1

Nearly a quarter of the U.S. workforce will soon have to answer a personal question from the boss: Are you disabled?

U.S. regulations going into effect next week require for the first time that federal contractors—a group that includes Boeing Co., Dell Inc. and AT&T Inc., T among some 40,000 others—ask their employees if they have a disability.

Those that don't employ a minimum of 7% disabled workers, or can't prove they are taking steps to achieve that goal, could face penalties and, in the most extreme cases, the loss of their contracts, according to a government official. The target applies to contractors with 50 or more employees or more than $50,000 in government work.

The Labor Department issued the rules as part of an effort to reduce the high jobless rate among people with disabilities; a similar initiative calls for an 8% hiring target for military veterans. Government officials say the targets are "aspirational" and not rigid quotas.

Employees aren't required to disclose their specific impairment.

Still, the rules have left contractors anxious about stepping on legal minefields. The Americans With Disabilities Act, or ADA, forbids companies to gather information on a worker's disability status, since the disclosures could lead to discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has made an exception so that federal contractors can comply with the new rules.

Now, these companies face a dilemma. If not enough workers come forward to self-identify as disabled, company recruiters will need to retool their hiring practices to show they are trying to meet the targets. But employees may be uneasy disclosing health-related information to their bosses.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
KEYWORDS: ada; disability; disabled; federalcontractors; labordepartment
The only reason disabled workers might be underrepresented at the company is irrational discrimination, and our moral superiors in the Federal government need to guide us.

It's surprising that the economy is not even worse, considering the nitwits in charge.

1 posted on 03/19/2014 8:29:15 AM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

They are forced to hire 7% who are unable to do the job?


2 posted on 03/19/2014 8:32:15 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: reaganaut1

“Employees aren’t required to disclose their specific impairment. “

Then how the hell do they prove it?


3 posted on 03/19/2014 8:33:11 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: reaganaut1

How many current NFL players are disabled?


4 posted on 03/19/2014 8:33:13 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: headstamp 2

Exactly


5 posted on 03/19/2014 8:33:32 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: reaganaut1

The only time I’d be “disabled” would be Saturday or Sunday, early in the morning until about 1pm and that’s because after a long work week, I like to go out and blow off some steam. If my employer thinks it’s any of their business then I’d rather work for somebody else or myself.


6 posted on 03/19/2014 8:34:09 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: reaganaut1

What if I have intrusive question phobia and tell them to FO? Will I be be fired for railing to bend the knee to the secular god government?


7 posted on 03/19/2014 8:36:52 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: GeronL

Well the Federal Gov’t certainly fulfills this quota.


8 posted on 03/19/2014 8:37:07 AM PDT by free from tyranny
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To: reaganaut1

How about just plain dysfunctional?...................


9 posted on 03/19/2014 8:37:55 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: reaganaut1
Gee will 7% of airline pilots now have to be vision impaired?
10 posted on 03/19/2014 8:38:41 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: reaganaut1

Yeah, I’m disabled. I’m a sane person in a country run by lunatic liberals. Does that qualify?


11 posted on 03/19/2014 8:42:41 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: GeronL

My boss thinks I’m disabled....................

He keeps saying, “Are you blind, deaf and dumb? Or just plain stupid?”....................


12 posted on 03/19/2014 8:43:37 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: reaganaut1

I have worked with many disabled workers that can work rings around able bodied sloths.


13 posted on 03/19/2014 8:43:57 AM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and is not afraid of the unlawful.)
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To: reaganaut1

How about we just claim all liberals are brain damaged and therefore disabled?


14 posted on 03/19/2014 8:43:57 AM PDT by CodeToad (Keeping whites from talking about blacks is verbal segregation!)
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To: The Great RJ

Great! Now I can redesign the cockpit controls with Braille!....................


15 posted on 03/19/2014 8:44:34 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: reaganaut1

I work in a building full of ASD programmers and systems types


16 posted on 03/19/2014 8:46:44 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Vigilanteman

“Yeah, I’m disabled. I’m a sane person in a country run by lunatic liberals. Does that qualify?

We have the same disability. Is this included in the obamacare program?


17 posted on 03/19/2014 8:48:05 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: reaganaut1

Im ‘effing crazy boss. . .


18 posted on 03/19/2014 8:54:11 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd
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To: equaviator

I agree; to me, this nation’s puritan “work at least ten days a week” attitude is driving our citizenry to becoming emotional and psychological wrecks.


19 posted on 03/19/2014 8:54:13 AM PDT by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: reaganaut1

Gee...does my missing arm count?..


20 posted on 03/19/2014 8:54:14 AM PDT by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: reaganaut1

I’ll just plead the fif and be like Louis.


21 posted on 03/19/2014 8:54:29 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: reaganaut1

“The Labor Department issued the rules as part of an effort to reduce the high jobless rate among people with disabilities; “

Of course, this wouldn’t be caused by the explosive growth in people receiving disability from social security....Nope, you never get more of what you subsidize...

Morons.


22 posted on 03/19/2014 8:56:29 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: reaganaut1
Those that don't employ a minimum of 7% disabled workers, or can't prove they are taking steps to achieve that goal, could face penalties and, in the most extreme cases, the loss of their contracts, according to a government official.

If you like your company, make it easier for them by stating a disability like "poor vision" or "poor hearing" or "obesity". Then the numbers will turn up satisfactorily and the feds will have to go away (for now).

23 posted on 03/19/2014 8:57:22 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: headstamp 2

How does one prove they’re gay?

I don’t understand this. If an employee was legally disabled, either they wouldn’t be working and collecting disability, and working while collecting is a crime.


24 posted on 03/19/2014 8:58:37 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: headstamp 2

I would probably qualify as disabled although I have never identified that way.

I was born with only one ear drum. I took lip reading from first grade. I went to a normal school and did nothing different. I work in a profession and do not take special measures to do my job.

My employer knows only because I told them years ago.


25 posted on 03/19/2014 9:01:25 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: CodeToad

Hey my daughter has a brain injury, and she is way smarter than the liberals!!

That’s a huge insult to brain injured people!


26 posted on 03/19/2014 9:15:06 AM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: reaganaut1

“Greenbaum, the federal government has determined that we need one more disabled worked in order to meet our quota.”
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“Boss, put down the baseball bat.”


27 posted on 03/19/2014 9:55:06 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: luckystarmom

Well, ya got a point there. Even our injured have more common sense.


28 posted on 03/19/2014 10:01:56 AM PDT by CodeToad (Keeping whites from talking about blacks is verbal segregation!)
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To: reaganaut1

I predict a whole new batch of qualifying conditions that will count as disabled. Obam thinks companies are just going to stupidly follow his rules? You wear glasses? You’re disabled. You have a filling, you’re disabledl


29 posted on 03/19/2014 10:05:14 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: headstamp 2
"“Employees aren’t required to disclose their specific impairment. “

Then how the hell do they prove it?"

Hmmmmmmmm . . . . for an extra few sawbucks a week I'll be happy to help the company out by claiming to be disabled. Heck, I think the whole work force will do that. It's like race on the new government forms you can put down whatever you want no questions asked. So the whole work force can claimed to be native American/black/Asian/Hispanic/creole GLBT and disabled and the company will get every government contract that comes along.

30 posted on 03/19/2014 10:31:51 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: txhurl

Actually, Social Security encourages disabled people to work while collecting disability payments. The check will be adjusted according to earnings but the person ends up with more money. The crime is in not reporting the income. Go to SSA.GOV and look for Working While Disabled.


31 posted on 03/19/2014 10:53:38 AM PDT by OldMagazine (You can only do what you can do.)
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