Proposed rule would strengthen affirmative action requirements for veterans with disabilities

May 23, 2011

Veterans protected under the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) of 1974 would benefit from changes to a rule that would strengthen affirmative action requirements of federal contractors and subcontractors. The proposed rule, according to a press release by the U.S. Department of Labor, clarifies mandatory job listing requirements, under which a contractor must provide job vacancy and contact information for each of its locations to an appropriate employment service delivery system. The rule proposes requiring contractors to engage in at least three specified types of outreach and recruitment efforts each year. In addition, the proposed rule would require that all applicants be invited to self-identify as a "protected veteran" before they are offered a job. Increasing data collection on job referrals, applicants and hires, and requiring contractors to establish hiring benchmarks to assist in measuring the effectiveness of their affirmative action efforts also are proposed.

Veterans protected by VEVRAA include those with disabilities and those recently discharged as well as those who served during a war, campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge is authorized.

Comments on the rule are due by June 27, 2011. For more information: Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Obligations of Contractors and Subcontractors Regarding Protected Veterans; Proposed Rule