By amending regulations under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, new rules will ensure that Veteran and disabled workers have more meaningful opportunities to find, secure and keep good jobs in the coming months.
These rules now provide metrics — management tools that inform decision-making and provide real accountability — to measure federal contractors’ progress toward achieving equal opportunity for people with disabilities and protected veterans.
- The VEVRAA rule requires contractors to establish an annual hiring benchmark, either based on the national percentage of veterans in the workforce (currently 8%), or based on the best available data and factors unique to their establishments.
- The Section 503 rule establishes an aspirational 7% utilization goal for the employment of individuals with disabilities.
The rules will be published shortly in the Federal Register and will take effect 180 days later. You can read the Final Rules on the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website at http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/VEVRAARule/ and http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/503Rule/. There you can also find other information about the new rules.
Introductory webinars will be held in September to provide overviews of the key points of the rules.
OFCCP Webinars on the VEVRAA Final Rule – PLEASE CHOOSE ONE
- September 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern) – http://www.dol.gov/find/vevraa-2
OFCCP Webinars on the Section 503 Final Rule – PLEASE CHOOSE ONE
- September 18, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern) – http://www.dol.gov/find/section503-2