Vietnam Vets/ Veterans laws & HR compliance analysis

Vietnam Vets/ Veterans: What you need to know

DOL’s OFCCP published final regulations and made significant changes to the rules implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 503) and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), as amended. The new rules took effect March 24, 2014.
For more information on the final rules, go to BLR's online resource center, OFCCP Regs for Federal Contractors, at http://hr.blr.com/resource-centers/OFCCP-Regs-for-Federal-Contractors.
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VEVRAA requires that federal government contractors and subcontractors make special efforts to employ and promote specific types of veterans (38 USC 4212). The law applies to any employer with a covered federal contract or subcontract for the furnishing of supplies or services, including construction, and for the use of real or personal property, including lease arrangements. The Act is enforced by the OFCCP and the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) of the DOL.
The affirmative action and nondiscrimination provisions of VEVRAA apply to a single government contract or subcontract of $150,000 or more, entered into or modified on or after December 1, 2003, for the purchase, sale, or use of personal property or nonpersonal services (including construction). Contracts may not be aggregated to reach the $150,000 coverage threshold.
Note: In 2015, the jurisdictional threshold for VEVRAA was adjusted for inflation by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council from $100,000 to $150,000. Although OFCCP’s VEVRAA regulations have not been changed to reflect this adjustment, the OFCCP has indicated that they will follow FAR Council’s adjusted threshold.
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