On March 24, 2014, the new regulations issued by the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will take effect. The regulations bring significant changes to the affirmative action requirements for federal contractors and subcontractors with respect to the hiring and retention of veterans and individuals with disabilities such as:
A seven percent hiring goal for individuals with disabilities;
A hiring benchmark for veterans; and
A requirement that contractors invite job applicants to voluntarily self-identify as a veteran and/or as an individual with a disability.
Contractors and subcontractors are required to update their policies and practices to comply with the new regulations by the March 24, 2013 effective date. If your business is a federal contractor or subcontractor, you will need to update your Invitations to Self-Identify and begin keeping records of the veteran and disability status of all applicants by the March 24, 2013 effective date. Contractors with Affirmative Action Plans (AAP) in place on March 24, 2014 are not required to update their AAP until their new plan year begins.
A link to our earlier announcement and highlights of the new regulations can be found here.
A copy of the new regulations for veterans can be found here.
A copy of the new regulations for individuals with disabilities can be found here.