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December 12, 2011

Obama Administration Seeks Jobs for People With Disabilities

The Obama administration is instituting an affirmative action rule that would require federal contractors to hit a hiring goal of 7 percent for workers with disabilities, including people with HIV, The Huffington Post reports. Currently, the unemployment rate among workers with disabilities is 13 percent, one and a half times the rate for the general population. Though the Americans with Disabilities Act forbids discrimination against disabled workers—which include people  and workers with HIV— it doesn’t set hiring goals, only states that employers have to show good faith. The rule would affect 200,000 businesses holding nearly $700 million worth of federal contracts. Before going into effect, the rule will undergo a public-comment and review period.

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