If your organization is subject to Affirmative Action, you’ve likely read much lately about the new Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act and Section 503 updates that went into effect as of March 24, 2014. If you aren’t familiar with these updates and how they affect your organization, learn more by downloading our Revised VEVRAA & Section 503 Guide: A Veteran & Disability Regulation Implementation Checklist.
Federal Contractor Hiring Resources
Notwithstanding the additional reporting requirements that come along with these updates, one of the other concerns for companies required to comply has been how best to diversity their sourcing methods to target veterans and those with disabilities.
This past week, the OFCCP (Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs) released an updated list of groups and resources available throughout the country who offer assistance in recruiting the veteran and disabled population segments. This list is free to anyone and lists these resources by state, city and EEO job categories you might be filling. You may view and/or download a copy of this list here.
Hiring Benchmark Changes
Also this past week, the OFCCP announced a revision to the hiring benchmark for veterans. This level was initially established at 8%, but was dropped to 7.2% for those organizations using the Agency’s national average approach. The option for organizations to establish their own average remains, and either approach is applied across the total workforce for an organization, not for any specific job groups. To learn more about this change, visit www.dol-esa.gov/errd/VEVRAA.jsp.
This landscape has changed measurably in the last few months, and many experts anticipate continued changes going forward. Check with your affirmative action consultant or labor/employment attorney to make sure you are compliant and meeting these required targets. We will continue to keep you and our clients informed as other changes are announced.
To learn more about OFCCP recruitment resources and how ExactHire can help automate the collection and reporting of your Affirmative Action information, please visit our resources section or contact us today.