Contractors Sue DOL Over Disability Hiring Rule

By Dietrich Knauth (November 20, 2013, 4:29 PM EST) -- A construction contractor trade group sued the U.S. Department of Labor on Tuesday, saying the agency unlawfully imposed burdensome record-collecting and hiring responsibilities through a new regulation aimed at increasing government contractors' hiring of disabled workers.

The Associated Builders and Contractors seeks to block implementation of one of two significant rules, finalized Aug. 27, that formed a centerpiece of President Barack Obama's first-term Labor Department agenda. The rules require contractors to set hiring goals for veterans and disabled employees, invite job applicants to self-identify as veterans or disabled, compile additional data on hiring decisions, periodically survey their employees for disability status and...

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