OFCCP Proposes Revisions to Veterans' Affirmative Action Regulations

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The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published on April 26, 2011, in the Federal Register, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to strengthen existing regulations requiring federal contractors and subcontractors covered by the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) to take affirmative action in hiring certain protected veterans, and to impose additional responsibilities on the contractors and subcontractors subject to those regulations. Among the more significant changes discussed below, these revisions would expand contractors' job listing, outreach and recruitment obligations; impose stiffer data collection and record retention obligations; and require contractors to establish annual hiring benchmarks for protected veterans.

The changes are not final. The OFCCP has asked for public comments on the proposed rule before June 27, 2011. After considering those comments, OFCCP will issue a final rule. However, the proposed revisions are consistent with the Obama administration's increased focus on affirmative action for veterans in light of the increasing numbers of veterans returning from tours of duty abroad.

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