Under the Equal Employment Opportunity regulations, there is an obligation to invite individuals to self-identify as a person with a disability. How does that work?

Equal Employment Opportunity

Under 29 C.F.R. 30.11, sponsors required to develop Affirmative Action Programs must invite applicants for apprenticeship to voluntarily self-identify at two separate stages: (1) to all candidates before apprenticeship offers are made ("pre-offer"); and (2) to those who have accepted apprenticeship offers before they begin their apprenticeship ("post-offer"). 

All sponsors must invite their current apprentices to voluntarily inform the sponsor whether he or she is an individual with a disability.  Sponsors mustremind all apprentices annually that they may voluntarily update their disability status.

All covered sponsors will use the standard Voluntary Disability Disclosure Form (Form 671)to invite apprentices and applicants for apprenticeship to disclose a disability.

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