Section 503 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Self-Identification Requirements & Practice Tips for Federal Government Contractors & Subcontractors

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Welcome back to our blog series on self-identification compliance requirements and “best practices.” In this third and final installment of the blog series, we discuss OFCCP’s rules requiring self-identification pursuant to Section 503, as well as recordkeeping requirements and some “best practices” tips many covered government contractors choose to undertake to encourage applicants and employees to self-identify.


Section 503 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Section 503 requires covered federal government contractors with 50 or more employees to obtain voluntary self-identification information regarding disabilities at three stages:

Pre-Offer: At the pre-offer stage (i.e., which may be at the same

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