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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 DWD 296 Note Note: Chapter DWD 296 as it existed on September 30, 2019, was repealed and a new Chapter DWD 296 was created, Register September 2019 No. 765, effective October 1, 2019.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.
DWD 296.02(15) (15) “ Physical or mental impairment” means any of the following:
DWD 296.02(15)(a) (a) Any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more body systems, such as neurological, musculoskeletal, special sense organs, respiratory (including speech organs), cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, genitourinary, immune, circulatory, hemic, lymphatic, skin, and endocrine.
DWD 296.02(15)(b) (b) Any mental or psychological disorder, such as intellectual disability, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities.
DWD 296.02(16) (16) “ Pre-apprenticeship program” means a training model designed to assist individuals who do not possess the minimum selection criteria established in a program sponsor's apprenticeship standards, as required under this chapter, and that maintains at least one documented partnership with an apprenticeship program. It involves a form of structured workplace education and training in which an employer, employer group, industry association, labor union, community-based organization, or educational institution collaborates to provide formal instruction that introduces participants to the competencies, skills, and materials used in one or more apprenticeable occupations.
DWD 296.02(17) (17) “ Qualified applicant or apprentice” means an individual who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the duties of the apprenticeship program for which the individual applied or is enrolled.
DWD 296.02(18) (18) “ Reasonable accommodation” means any of the following:
DWD 296.02(18)(a) (a) Modifications or adjustments to a job application process that enable a qualified applicant or apprentice with a disability to be considered for the position a qualified applicant or apprentice desires.
DWD 296.02(18)(b) (b) Modifications or adjustments to the work environment, or to the manner or circumstances under which the position held or desired is customarily performed, that enable a qualified applicant or apprentice with a disability to perform the duties of that position.
DWD 296.02(18)(c) (c) Modifications or adjustments that enable a sponsor's apprentice with a disability to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of apprenticeship as are enjoyed by its other similarly situated apprentices without disabilities.
DWD 296.02 Note Note: Examples of reasonable accommodations include:
DWD 296.02 Note 1. Making existing facilities used by apprentices readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.
DWD 296.02 Note 2. Job restructuring; part-time or modified work schedule; reassignment to a vacant position; acquisition or modification of equipment or devices; appropriate adjustment or modifications of examinations, training materials, or policies; the provision of qualified readers or interpreters; and other similar accommodations for individuals with disabilities.
DWD 296.02 Note Note: To determine the appropriate reasonable accommodation, it may be necessary for the sponsor to initiate an informal, interactive process with the qualified individual in need of the accommodation. This process should identify the precise limitations resulting from the disability and potential reasonable accommodations that could overcome those limitations.
DWD 296.02(19) (19) “ Registered” or “registration” means the approval of an apprenticeship program by the department.
DWD 296.02(20) (20) “ Respondent” means the individual or entity identified in a complaint in which discrimination is alleged.
DWD 296.02(21) (21) “ Sponsor” has the meaning prescribed under s. 106.001 (8), Stats.
DWD 296.02(22) (22) “ UGESP” means the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures under 41 CFR 60.3.
DWD 296.02(23) (23) “ Wisconsin equal rights division” means the division of equal rights within the department.
DWD 296.02 History History: CR 19-003: cr. Register September 2019 No. 765, eff. 10-1-19; (4m), (5m) renumbered from (8), (9) and (11) (intro.) renum. (11) (a) and (11) (a) to (e) renum. 1. to 5. (11) under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., and correction in (14), (16) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register September 2019 No. 765.
DWD 296.03 DWD 296.03 Equal opportunity standards applicable to all sponsors.
DWD 296.03(1)(1)Discrimination prohibited. A sponsor of a registered apprenticeship program shall not discriminate against an apprentice or applicant for apprenticeship on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age (40 or older), genetic information, or disability as it relates to any of the following:
DWD 296.03(1)(a) (a) Recruitment, outreach, and selection process.
DWD 296.03(1)(b) (b) Hiring, placement, upgrading, periodic advancement, promotion, demotion, transfer, layoff, termination, right of return from layoff, and rehiring.
DWD 296.03(1)(c) (c) Rotation among work processes.
DWD 296.03(1)(d) (d) Imposition of penalties or other disciplinary action.
DWD 296.03(1)(e) (e) Rates of pay or any other form of compensation or changes in compensation.
DWD 296.03(1)(f) (f) Conditions of work.
DWD 296.03(1)(g) (g) Hours of work and hours of training provided.
DWD 296.03(1)(h) (h) Job assignments.
DWD 296.03(1)(i) (i) Leaves of absence, sick leave, or any other leave.
DWD 296.03(1)(j) (j) Any other benefit, term, condition, or privilege associated with apprenticeship.
DWD 296.03(2) (2)General duty to engage in affirmative action. A sponsor of a registered apprenticeship program shall take affirmative steps to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship that shall include all of the following:
DWD 296.03(2)(a) (a) Assignment of responsibility. A sponsor shall designate an individual with appropriate authority in the registered apprenticeship program, to act as an apprenticeship coordinator that is responsible for and accountable for overseeing the registered apprenticeship program's commitment to equal opportunity, including the development and implementation of an affirmative action program under s. DWD 296.04. A sponsor shall provide resources, support, and access to leadership to ensure effective implementation. The individual designated under this section shall be responsible for all of the following:
DWD 296.03(2)(a)1. 1. Monitoring all registered apprenticeship activity to ensure compliance with the nondiscrimination and affirmative action obligations required in this chapter.
DWD 296.03(2)(a)2. 2. Maintaining records required in this section.
DWD 296.03(2)(a)3. 3. Generating and submitting reports as required by the department.
DWD 296.03(2)(b) (b) Internal dissemination of equal opportunity policy. A sponsor shall inform all applicants for apprenticeship, apprentices, and individuals connected with the administration or operation of the registered apprenticeship program of its commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action obligations. In addition, a sponsor shall require that individuals connected with the administration or operation of the apprenticeship program take the necessary action to aid the sponsor in meeting its nondiscrimination and affirmative action obligations under this section. A sponsor shall do all of the following:
DWD 296.03(2)(b)1. 1. Publish the equal opportunity pledge prescribed under sub. (3) in its standards of apprenticeship required in s. DWD 295.02 and in apprentice and employee handbooks, policy manuals, newsletters, or other documents circulated by the sponsor that describe the nature of the sponsorship.
DWD 296.03(2)(b)2. 2. Post the equal opportunity pledge required in sub. (3) on bulletin boards, including through electronic media, or any other location accessible to all apprentices and applicants for apprenticeship.
Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.