September 9, 2013 •
New Federal Rules for Contractors’ Employment of Veterans and Persons with Disabilities
Beginning in March of 2014, contractors with the federal government will have additional requirements of disclosure concerning the hiring and employment of veterans and people with disabilities.
One regulation change sets up a hiring goal of people with disabilities for federal contractors and subcontractors. The goal is that seven percent of each job group in their workforce be staffed with qualified individuals with disabilities, according to the U.S. Labor Department press release released August 27, 2013.
The Labor Department identifies the seven percent goal as an “aspirational utilization goal” and states “the goal is not a quota”. The rule also specifies actions vendors must take in the areas of recruitment, training, record keeping, and policy dissemination. The U.S. Labor Department identifies these rules as being similar to those currently required to promote workplace equality for women and minorities.
Additionally, regulations concerning the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act have been amended to include hiring benchmarks, data collection, and allowing access to a contractor’s documentation related to compliance by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.
The rules become effective 180 days after their publication in the Federal Register.
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