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OFCCP Announces New Veteran Hiring Benchmark

Yesterday, OFCCP announced its 2016 Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Benchmark. The new benchmark is 6.9%, slightly lower than the previous year’s 7% benchmark. The VEVRAA Benchmark is the figure which federal contractors must use to assess the effectiveness of their outreach programs for the hiring of veterans. Contractors may either use the … Continue Reading

House Passes Veteran Preference Bill

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill, titled the Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment Act or “BRAVE Act.” The BRAVE Act authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) to give preferences to companies that employ veterans on a full-time basis in awarding contracts for the procurement of goods and services. … Continue Reading

OFCCP Announces Lower National Veterans Benchmark And Updated Benchmark Database

As government contractors are aware, since March 24, 2014 OFCCP’s regulations implementing the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) have required contractors to establish annual benchmarks for protected veterans or adopt OFCCP’s national benchmark.  Under the regulations, contractors are required to compare the percentage of their employees who are protected veterans to the benchmark.  … Continue Reading

New OFCCP FAQs Clarify Rules Regarding Collecting and Reporting Veterans Data

In an effort to address confusion resulting from the new VETS-4212 Form, OFCCP recently posted two new FAQs addressing issues related to collecting and reporting disclosure data. The first FAQ addresses whether contractors can continue to invite applicants voluntarily to self-identify as a protected veterans using individual categories of protected veterans in light of the … Continue Reading

New VETS-4212 Rule Finalized – Contractors Must Report Aggregate Statistics

Changes to the VETS-100A report proposed by the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (“VETS”) earlier this year were approved and were published in the Federal Register last week.  The Final Rule revises regulations implementing reporting requirements under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended (“VEVRAA”).  The new rule … Continue Reading

Veterans Employment Center Announced

Last week the White House announced the implementation of an online employment tool to assist contractors, service members, veterans and their families.  The Veterans Employment Center is the result of an interagency effort to simplify the process for veterans and their spouses to seek and obtain gainful employment.  The website can be found here.  The … Continue Reading

OFCCP Updates FAQs On Section 503 And Veterans’ Regulations

OFCCP recently updated its Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) on the implementation of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (“VEVRAA”) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act final rules.  The most recent FAQs address questions regarding the availability of the “EEO is the Law” poster, the ability to use human resource information systems as the … Continue Reading

The New Veterans and Disability Regulations Go Into Effect on March 24: Are You Ready?

Many contractors have been preparing for the past several months for the first group of compliance obligations imposed by the Final Rules adopted by OFCCP in August 2013.  In five short days, the first set of obligations will become effective.  Is your organization ready to implement the first set of compliance obligations?  Does it have … Continue Reading
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