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Labor Dept. Looks to Strengthen Vets’ Hiring

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

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The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes to strengthen affirmative action requirements of federal contractors and subcontractors for Veterans protected under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA). Veterans protected by VEVRAA include those with disabilities and those recently discharged as well as those who served during a war, campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge is authorized. Check out the NPRM link to the Federal Register, where a list of frequently asked questions can be found.

OFCCP proposes several changes to the requirement that employers doing business with the federal government engage in specific types of outreach and recruitment that target veterans. One proposal requires federal contractors to evaluate annually the effectiveness of their efforts to ensure that protected Veterans have access to employment opportunities. The NPRM also proposes requiring federal contractors to establish and maintain quantitative data on the number of protected Veterans they learn about through job referrals, the number of protected Veterans applying for jobs, and the number of protected Veterans they hire. OFCCP’s proposal also requires contractors to establish annual hiring benchmarks based on available data and other relevant information. These benchmarks will enable contractors to measure their success in recruiting, employing and retaining protected Veterans.

Any company, organization or individual can submit comments on OFCCP’s NPRM electronically at www.regulations.gov. Comments must be received on or before June 27, 2011.