Chapter 7 of the Massachusetts General Laws is hereby amended by placing after Section 38P the following: -
SECTION 38Q. (a) Any contract issued for services in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or any political subdivision there-in that receives appropriated funds from the legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shall employ up to 10% of individuals hired within that contract be individuals with disabilities. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contract, the Supplier Diversity Office in consultation with the Massachusetts Office on Disability, the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission shall implement and regulate said law.
(b) Such services shall include but not be limited to janitorial and custodial services, landscaping services, mailroom services, food services, fleet management, manufacturing, trash removal, document destruction, electronic scanning of documents, and facility management services including but not limited to HVAC Services, Painting, Emergency Repair Series, and Snow Removal.
(c) For the purpose of this act, an individual with a disability will be defined as; someone (i) who has a severe physical or mental impairment which seriously limits one or more functional capacities (such as mobility, communication, self-care, self-direction, interpersonal skills, work tolerance, or work skills) in terms of an employment outcome; (ii) someone whose vocational rehabilitation can be expected to require multiple vocational rehabilitation services over an extended period of time; (iii) someone who has one or more physical or mental disabilities resulting from amputation, arthritis, autism, blindness, burn injury, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, deafness, head injury, heart disease, hemiplegia, hemophilia, respiratory or pulmonary dysfunction, mental retardation, mental illness, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, musculo-skeletal disorders, neurological disorders (including stroke and epilepsy), paraplegia, quadriplegia, and other spinal cord conditions, sickle cell anemia, specific learning disability, end-stage renal disease, or another disability or combination of disabilities determined on the basis of an assessment for determining eligibility and vocational rehabilitation to cause comparable substantial functional limitation.
(d) The percentage requirements shall be met within one year of award of such contract, and steps shall be taken to minimize the displacement of any workers already providing the services covered by such contract.
(e) The percentage requirement laid out in this section shall be phased into effect as follows:
January 1, 2021, at least 2%
January 1, 2022, at least 4%
January 1, 2023, at least 6%
January 1, 2024, at least 8%
January 1, 2025, at least 10%
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