Today, the OFCCP’s new regulations interpreting Section 503 and VEVRAA were published in the Federal Register. The rules can be found here and here. Publication in the Federal Register sets the effective date for the rules as March 24, 2014. As previously discussed, contractors should start planning the implementation of the compliance requirements imposed by the new regulations.
OFCCP Director Pat Shiu stated in her announcement of the publication:
Two new rules designed to improve employment opportunities for protected veterans and qualified workers with disabilities were published in the Federal Register today. To read and learn more about these new rules, please visit: www.dol.gov/ofccp/VEVRAARule and www.dol.gov/ofccp/503Rule.
Both rules become effective on Monday, March 24, 2014. Federal contractors and subcontractors will be required to comply with most of the requirements of the new rules by this date. However, the rules give contractors additional time to comply with requirements in subpart C, which relates to affirmative action programs (AAPs). Contractors with AAPs in place on March 24 may maintain them until the end of their current AAP year, allowing them to delay compliance with the affirmative action requirements of the new rules until the start of their next AAP year.