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Further Hurricane Relief for Federal Contractors: No Citation for Late Veterans Reports

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced that federal contractors will not be cited for filing their VETS-4212 reports late—as long as they are filed by November 15, 2017. The DOL has made the change in another attempt to accommodate those who have been affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

VETS-4212 Filing Deadline Extended

VETS has announced a 45-day extension to the 2017 VETS-4212 filing deadline. The deadline has been extended from September 30, 2017 to November 15, 2017. In a post on it’s website, VETS stated

Department of Labor to Recognize Employers Who Recruit, Employ Veterans

Coming out of the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act), signed by President Trump on May 5, the U.S Department of Labor has created the HIRE Vets Medallion Program. The program will award employers who “recruit, retain, and employ veterans, and who offer charitable services in support of the veteran community.”

New One-Stop Online Employment Resource for Veterans and Employers

On May 2, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Veterans’ Employment and Training Service launched a one-stop online resource for employment services for veterans. The new website, Veterans.gov, brings together job banks, state employment offices, American Job Centers, opportunities in top-trending industry sectors, and employer assistance in a single online location. The new site, which the DOL announced in a press release, is designed to be a valuable resource for veterans, transitioning service members, and their spouses and for employers seeking to hire veterans and their spouses.

U.S. Labor Department Publishes Proposed Regulations Implementing Executive Order on Government Contractor Paid Sick Leave

The U.S. Department of Labor has published proposed regulations implementing Executive Order 13706, requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to give their workers the ability to earn up to seven days (56 hours) of paid sick leave each year.

DOL Issues Proposed Rule Implementing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

On February 25, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its long-awaited proposed rule1 to implement Executive Order 13706,2 which requires that covered federal government contractors provide employees with up to seven days of paid sick leave per year, including paid leave for family care. President Obama issued the executive order while renewing his call on Congress to pass federal legislation mandating paid leave for private sector employers.

Federal Contractors and Paid Sick Leave: The DOL Issues an NPRM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. The NPRM (currently 286 pages in length) will be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, February 25, 2016, and allows for a brief comment period of only 30 days. Final DOL regulations are due by September 30, 2016, after which the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council will have to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation to incorporate the paid sick leave obligations into the required government contracts. Due to the brevity of the comment period, we are providing this high-level summary now and will offer a more detailed analysis in the days to come.

DOL Publishes Proposed Paid Sick Leave Regulations

As anticipated, the U.S. Department of Labor has published its proposed regulations implementing Executive Order 13706 – Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. Today’s publication in the Federal Register initiates a 30-day public comment period. The comment period will close March 28, 2016.

OFCCP Publishes New FAQs on Veterans Infographic

In August 2015, OFCCP released an infographic designed to assist veterans understand whether or not they were covered under the protections of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) for affirmative action purposes. The infographic spawned recent discussions surrounding the implications and interpretations of OFCCP’s definition of a protected veteran.

Giving Thanks to Our Nation’s Veterans

Today, as a country, we celebrate our nation’s veterans and recognize all they have done. We give our sincerest appreciation to all those who have sacrificed and given their service for our country.

OFCCP Issues Infographics on Jurisdictional Thresholds and Protected Veteran Status

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently added two infographics to the collection of federal contractor resources available on its website. These new resources concerning jurisdictional thresholds and protected veteran status are being offered as part of OFCCP’s outreach and education efforts.

OFCCP Drops the Annual Veterans Hiring Benchmark to 7 Percent

On April 21, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that it had updated the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Benchmark Database on its website. The VEVRAA Benchmark Database is one of two databases that the OFCCP launched in March of 2014 to help contractors and subcontractors comply with new veteran regulations, namely the VEVRAA hiring benchmark requirements.

OFCCP Posts Two New FAQs on Veteran Self-Identification and the VETS-4212 Form

On October 27, 2014, a new reporting form for veterans, the VETS 4212 reporting form, replaced the VETS-100A and VETS-100 Forms. In response to inquiries about contractors’ new requirements as a result of this chance, on January 20, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) posted two new questions to its compilation of “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs) on the new Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) regulations. Both questions concern the new form and the requirement to invite voluntary self-identification of protected veteran status under VEVRAA.

VETS Publishes Final Rule on VEVRAA Reporting Requirements

Executive Summary: The Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) has issued its final rule implementing the reporting requirements under the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA). As discussed in our prior Alert, VETS issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in February 2014, setting out its proposed revisions to the rule.

New VETS Report on the Horizon

Covered federal contractors and subcontractors must annually report the number of their employees who are protected veterans, and the number of veterans they have hired during a reporting period. At long last, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a Final Rule changing the manner by which federal contractors report their employment of protected veterans. In addition, the DOL has submitted a revised “Federal Contractor Veterans’ Employment Report” to the Office of Management and Budget for review and approval.

OFCCP Launches New Databases to Assist With Disability and Veteran Regulations Compliance

On March 21, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that it is launching two new databases to assist federal contractors and subcontractors. The new databases are intended to help contractors and subcontractors meet the OFCCP’s new veteran regulations implementing the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and the updated regulations under section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. These new regulatory requirements become effective on March 24, 2014.

Legal Alert: VETS Issues Proposed Regulations Revising VEVRAA Reporting Requirements

Executive Summary: The Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in which the agency proposes revising the regulations addressing reporting requirements under the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA).

Federal Contractors: Overhauled OFCCP Regulations on Employment Obligations to Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities

Starting March 24, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will begin enforcing two regulations that amend the obligations of federal contractors to employees and applicants who are protected veterans or individuals with disabilities. The regulations cover Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 503) and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 as amended by the Jobs for Veterans Act of 2002 (VEVRAA).

Change Proposed for VETS Reporting Requirements

In yet another development in the constantly changing affirmative action compliance landscape, on February 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). The proposed changes would affect how covered contractors and subcontractors report protected employees and applicants that have identified as veterans as defined by the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended (VEVRAA).

OFCCP Posts Referral Sources For Disabled Individuals And Protected Veterans

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released a list of resources to assist federal contractors and subcontractors in conducting effective outreach and recruitment of individuals with disabilities and veterans. These resources provide employers with non-exhaustive information about providing reasonable accommodations to disabled individuals and veterans in the workplace; available tax incentives and credits to employers that have hired disabled individuals and veterans; and methods of recruiting, hiring, and promoting self-identification as individuals with a disability or veterans. OFCCP promises to update the resource links provided. Contractors may find OFCCP’s Employment Resources Referral Directory helpful as well.

DOL’s Final Rule Designed to Increase Hiring and Employment

Employers holding contracts with the federal government in excess of $10,000, as well as their subcontractors, should be aware of some important changes to the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 503).

Legal Alert: Countdown Starts for Effective Date of Revised Veterans' and Rehabilitation Act Regulations

Today, September 24, 2013, the OFCCP published in the federal register the Final Rule revising the VEVRAA and Rehabilitation Act regulations. This means the revised regulations will take effect March 24, 2014, which is 180 days from today's date.

Legal Alert: OFCCP Announces Twitter Chat on New Veterans' and Rehabilitation Act Rules

The OFCCP has announced that it will hold a Twitter chat this Friday, September 13, 2013, from 2:00-3:00 EDT to discuss the new rules updating the regulations interpreting the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. Information regarding the chat is available on the Department of Labor's blog at: http://social.dol.gov/blog/join-the-conversation-on-twitter-accessjobs/.

Legal Alert: OFCCP Sends Final Disability and Veterans' Rules to OMB

Executive Summary: The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has sent its final rules amending federal contractors' affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations toward disabled persons and protected veterans to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. Review by the OMB is the final step before an agency rule is finalized and published.

Legal Alert: OFCCP Set to Publish Revised Disability and Veterans Regulations

Executive Summary: The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has indicated that it plans to publish final regulations regarding federal contractors' affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations toward individuals with disabilities and certain protected categories of veterans this month (July 2013). The final regulations could impose substantial new and different requirements on federal contractors in these areas.

Legal Alert: VETS-100/VETS-100A Report Filing Deadline Extended September 26, 2012

Executive Summary: The Department of Labor's Veteran's Employment and Training Services (VETS) has announced that it is extending the deadline for the submission of VETS-100/VETS-100A reports from September 30 to October 31, 2012.

New Initiatives for Veterans Present Opportunities, Challenges for Employers

The Obama Administration's recently issued policy directives and the issuance of new guidance documents by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) suggest increased scrutiny on the part of the EEOC when it comes to the hiring and employment of veterans, particularly those who may be disabled.

Proposed Rule Revises Veterans' Regulations For Federal Contractors

In keeping with its mantra of "good jobs for everyone," the Office of Fed-eral Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revise current nondiscrimination and affirmative action obligations of federal contractors under the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA). OFCCP is part of the Department of Labor and is charged with enforcing the affirmative action obligations of federal contractors and subcontractors.

OFCCP Issues Rule On Jobs For Veterans Act Amendments.

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has published a final rule implementing the Jobs for Veterans Act (JVA), which amended the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act (VEVRAA). The final rule implementing the JVA amendments went into effect on September 7, 2007. Covered contractors must use the new categories for covered veterans in affirmative action plans (AAPs) prepared after October 1, 2007.
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