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Register September 2019 No. 765
Chapter DWD 296
Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Standards for Apprenticeship
DWD 296.01   Applicability.
DWD 296.02   Definitions.
DWD 296.03   Equal opportunity standards applicable to all sponsors.
DWD 296.04   Affirmative action program.
DWD 296.05   Utilization analysis for race, sex, and ethnicity.
DWD 296.06   Establishment of utilization goals for race, sex, and ethnicity.
DWD 296.07   Utilization goals for individuals with disabilities.
DWD 296.08   Targeted outreach, recruitment, and retention.
DWD 296.09   Review of personnel processes.
DWD 296.10   Selection of apprentices.
DWD 296.11   Invitation to self-identify as an individual with a disability.
DWD 296.12   Recordkeeping.
DWD 296.13   Equal employment opportunity compliance review.
DWD 296.14   Complaints.
DWD 296.15   Enforcement actions.
DWD 296.16   Appeal procedure.
DWD 296.17   Intimidation and retaliation prohibited.
DWD 296.18   Reinstatement of program registration.
DWD 296.19   Exemptions.
Ch. DWD 296 Note Note: Chapter Ind 96 was renumbered chapter ILHR 296 under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., Register, February, 1996, No. 482. Chapter ILHR 296 was renumbered Chapter DWD 296 under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 6. and 7., Stats., Register, September, 1997, No. 501.
Ch. DWD 296 Note Note: Chapter DWD 296 as it existed on September 30, 2019, was repealed and a new Chapter DWD 296 was created, Register September 2019 No. 765, effective October 1, 2019.
DWD 296.01 DWD 296.01Applicability. This chapter applies to all sponsors of registered apprenticeship programs under ch. 106, Stats.
DWD 296.01 History History: CR 19-003: cr. Register September 2019 No. 765, eff. 10-1-19.
DWD 296.02 DWD 296.02 Definitions. In this chapter:
DWD 296.02(1) (1) “ ADA” means the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended.
DWD 296.02(2) (2) “ Affirmative action plan” means a written tool designed to assist a sponsor in detecting, diagnosing, and correcting any barriers to equal opportunity that may exist in the sponsor's registered apprenticeship program.
DWD 296.02(3) (3)“Affirmative action program” has the meaning given in 29 CFR 30.4 (a).
DWD 296.02 Note Note: 29 CFR 30.4 (a) reads: (1) An affirmative action program is designed to ensure equal opportunity and prevent discrimination in apprenticeship programs. An affirmative action program is more than mere passive nondiscrimination. Such a program requires the sponsor to take affirmative steps to encourage and promote equal opportunity, to create an environment free from discrimination, and to address any barriers to equal opportunity in apprenticeship. An affirmative action program is more than a paperwork exercise. It includes those policies, practices, and procedures, including self-analyses, that the sponsor implements to ensure that all qualified applicants and apprentices are receiving an equal opportunity for recruitment, selection, advancement, retention and every other term and privilege associated with apprenticeship. An affirmative action program should be a part of the way the sponsor regularly conducts its apprenticeship program.
DWD 296.02 Note (2) A central premise underlying affirmative action is that, absent discrimination, over time a sponsor's apprenticeship program, generally, will reflect the sex, race, ethnicity, and disability profile of the labor pools from which the sponsor recruits and selects. Consistent with this premise, affirmative action programs contain a diagnostic component which includes quantitative analyses designed to evaluate the composition of the sponsor's apprenticeship program and compare it to the composition of the relevant labor pools. If women, individuals with disabilities, or individuals from a particular minority group, for example, are not being admitted into apprenticeship at a rate to be expected given their availability in the relevant labor pool, the sponsor's affirmative action program must include specific, practical steps designed to address any barriers to equal opportunity that may be contributing to this underutilization.
DWD 296.02 Note (3) Effective affirmative action programs include internal auditing and reporting systems as a means of measuring the sponsor's progress toward achieving an apprenticeship program that would be expected absent discrimination.
DWD 296.02 Note (4) An affirmative action program also ensures equal opportunity in apprenticeship by incorporating the sponsor's commitment to equality in every aspect of the apprenticeship program. Therefore, as part of its affirmative action program, a sponsor must monitor and examine its employment practices, policies and decisions and evaluate the impact such practices, policies and decisions have on the recruitment, selection and advancement of apprentices. It must evaluate the impact of its employment and personnel policies on minorities, women, and persons with disabilities, and revise such policies accordingly where such policies or practices are found to create a barrier to equal opportunity.
DWD 296.02 Note (5) The commitments contained in an affirmative action program are not intended and must not be used to discriminate against any qualified applicant or apprentice on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age (40 or older), genetic information, or disability.
DWD 296.02(4) (4) “ Apprentice” has the meaning prescribed under s. 106.001 (1), Stats.
DWD 296.02(4m) (4m) “ Apprenticeship program” has the meaning prescribed under s. 106.001 (4), Stats.
DWD 296.02(5) (5) “ Department” means the department of workforce development.
DWD 296.02(5m) (5m) “ Deregistration” means the voluntary or involuntary cancellation of an apprenticeship program by the department.
DWD 296.02(6) (6) “ EEO” means equal employment opportunity.
DWD 296.02(7) (7) “ Employer” has the meaning prescribed under s. 106.001 (5), Stats.
DWD 296.02(10) (10) “ Ethnic group” or “ethnicity” means any of the following:
DWD 296.02(10)(a) (a) Hispanic or Latino - An individual of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
DWD 296.02(10)(b) (b) Not Hispanic or Latino.
DWD 296.02(11)(a)(a) “Genetic information” means any of the following:
DWD 296.02(11)(a)1. 1. An individual's genetic tests.
DWD 296.02(11)(a)2. 2. The genetic tests of an individual's family members.
DWD 296.02(11)(a)3. 3. The manifestation of disease or disorder in family members of an individual.
DWD 296.02(11)(a)4. 4. An individual's request for, or receipt of, genetic services, or participation in clinical research that includes genetic services by an individual or a family member of an individual.
DWD 296.02(11)(a)5. 5. The genetic information of a fetus carried by an individual or by a pregnant woman who is a family member of the individual and the genetic information of any embryo legally held by the individual or family member using an assisted reproductive technology.
DWD 296.02(11)(b) (b) “Genetic information” does not include information about the sex or age of an individual, the sex or age of family members, or information about the race or ethnicity of an individual or family members that is not derived from a genetic test.
DWD 296.02(12) (12) “ Individual with a disability” means any of the following:
DWD 296.02(12)(a) (a) An individual who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities or limits the capacity to work.
DWD 296.02(12)(b) (b) An individual who has a record of such impairment.
DWD 296.02(12)(c) (c) An individual who is perceived as having such an impairment.
DWD 296.02(13) (13) “ Journeyworker” means an individual who has attained a level of skill, abilities and competencies recognized within an industry as having mastered the skills and competencies required for the occupation.
DWD 296.02(14) (14) “ Major life activities” includes caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, sitting, reaching, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, interacting with others, and working. “Major life activities” also includes the operation of a major bodily function, including functions of the immune system, special sense organs, and skin; normal cell growth; and digestive, genitourinary, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, cardiovascular, endocrine, hemic, lymphatic, musculoskeletal, and reproductive functions. “The operation of a major bodily function” includes the operation of an individual organ within a body system.
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