Contractors are required to take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities. The contractor must affirm its commitment to this affirmative action requirement by incorporating it in a policy statement included in its AAP.45 The contractor must also post this policy statement on company bulletin boards. Applicants and employees with disabilities must be provided the policy statement in a format that is accessible and understandable such as Braille or large print versions of the notice.
At a minimum, to be acceptable, the policy statement must include:
- A statement indicating the top United States executive’s support for the EEO policy;
- A statement identifying the EEO official responsible for the implementation of the AAP;
- A statement that the contractor hires, recruits, trains and promotes without regard to disability;
- A statement providing for an audit and reporting system;
- A statement that the contractor will ensure that all employment decisions are based only on valid job requirements; and
- A statement that employees and applicants will not be subjected to harassment, intimidation, threats, coercion or discrimination because they engaged or may engage in filing a complaint, or assisted in a review, investigation or hearing related to any federal, state or local law requiring EEO for individuals with disabilities; or because they opposed any act deemed unlawful by any of the above-referenced laws; or because they exercised any other right under Section 503.
45. See 41 CFR 741.44(a).