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U.S. Labor Department Announces Final Rule on Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship

December 16, 2016
Source: U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

On December 16, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced its publication of a Final Rule to update the federal regulations for Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship (29 CFR part 30). Registered Apprenticeship programs are proven training models that help individuals develop the skills they need to pursue successful careers in a variety of traditional and high-growth industries like information technology, healthcare, and energy.

This Final Rule seeks to engage broader participation in apprenticeship by expanding nondiscrimination protections to include people with disabilities and other communities who can access and benefit from apprenticeships. The Final Rule also clarifies the affirmative steps employers and sponsors must take to ensure equal opportunity, outlines procedures for voluntary self-identification as an individual with a disability, and provides new sponsors additional flexibility, including up to two years to develop initial affirmative action programs.

DOLs Office of Apprenticeship will host a webinar on January 12, 2017, at 2:00 PM Eastern time to discuss high-level changes, provide context for the need behind these revisions, and identify resources and materials to assist in implementing the updated rule. The Final Rule is available on the Office of Federal Register public inspection website, and is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on December 19, 2016.

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