As we previously advised you, there are new regulations that affect the hiring practices of federal contractors. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) has now issued new regulations to enforce the new hiring practices relating to Veterans and disabled persons. The highlights of the new OFCCP regulations, which will take effect on March 24, 2014, include:
• A utilization goal of 7% nationwide for disabled persons.
• A hiring benchmark for veterans.
• New tracking information relating to veterans and disabled persons.
• A self-identification requirement for veterans and disabled individuals, which includes a requirement that employers invite these employees to identify themselves as disabled every 5 years.
• In any job listings, the contractor must state that it is seeking to hire veteran and disabled applicants.
• New language that must be contained in all subcontracts, prohibiting discrimination of veterans or disabled persons, and requiring affirmative action on the part of federal contractors to employ such persons.
• A 3 year requirement to keep certain records.
More information from the Department of Labor pertaining to veterans can be found at the following links:
• Final Rule: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/09/24/2013-21227/affirmati…
• Highlights of the Final Rule: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/vevraa.htm
• Fact Sheet: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/factsheets/VEVRAA_508c.pdf
More information from the Department of Labor pertaining to disabled persons can be found at the following links:
• Final Rule: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/09/24/2013-21228/affirmati…
• Highlights of the Final Rule: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/section503.htm
• Fact Sheet: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/factsheets/Sec_503_508c.pdf