In mid-2014, the federal government established the rule requiring that the workforce of federal contractors consist of a minimum of seven percent of workers with disabilities. Contractors that fail to meet this stipulation could lose their contracts. “Federal contractors represent 22 percent of the American workforce and an aspirational 7 percent hiring goal means the rule will create real jobs, at all levels of seniority, for Americans with disabilities,” said Mark Perriello, president and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities. This change could mean over half a million jobs for people with disabilities within the first year alone, the Labor Department said last year when the rule was finalized.
There are better reasons for hiring those with disabilities than just “because you have to.” Here are four more:
Compare that to the cost of employee turnover!