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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is implementing a 14-day extension of the comment period for its proposed rule to amend regulations executing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which requires most federal contractors and subcontractors to ensure equal employment opportunity for qualified disabled workers.

On Dec. 9, 2011, OFCCP announced a notice of proposed rulemaking in 76 Federal Register 77056 with a comment period that was scheduled to end Feb. 7, 2012, but after examining requests for an extension, OFCCP prolonged the comment period by 14 days until Tuesday, Feb. 21. The extension is expected to provide additional time for interested parties to evaluate the issues noted in the proposal and submit their comments. Among individuals and organizations that already offered comments, they may use this time to modify their original comments.

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