The U.S. Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) announced an extension of the filing deadline for VETS-4212 reports from September 30, 2017, to November 15, 2017. The reason for the extension is to accommodate the needs of those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a new program under the recently signed HIRE Vets Act to recognize employers taking a proactive approach to recruiting and employing Veterans. When announcing the program, newly appointed Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said, “…veterans have a wide range of abilities that make them tremendous assets for the American economy and for any employer.”
The Vietnam Era Veteran’s Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) hiring benchmark for Veterans has changed to 6.7% effective March 31, 2017. This is the fourth time the Veteran hiring benchmark has been lowered since the requirement was first put in place by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in 2014. Companies with affirmative action plan dates of March 31, 2017, or later should use the new hiring benchmark to measure Veteran hiring during the upcoming plan year. Below is a list of the previous Veteran hiring benchmarks, with effective dates.
It is time to wrap up 2016 and put a bow around it. This has been an eventful year for many reasons—one of which was the impact of increased pressure on federal contractors and sub-contractors from OFCCP. Many of you have Affirmative Action Programs (AAP) that are effective January 1, 2017. As you wrap up 2016 here are some issues to keep in mind:
Military Veterans continue to face difficulty translating their skills and experience into civilian terms, but employers can help them, consultants say.
‘‘One of the top concerns I hear from both Veterans and employers is the difficulty with properly translating military skills and experience into the required skill sets for civilian jobs,’’ Beth Ronnenburg, president of Columbia, Md.-based HR consultancy Berkshire Associates Inc., told Bloomberg BNA in an Oct. 27 email. ‘‘Military personnel find it overwhelming when they have to read through hundreds of job descriptions to find jobs for which they are qualified; some also find it challenging to determine which civilian jobs match the skillset they developed in the military.’’
Companies who are required to file EEO-1s must file their reports by September 30, 2016. The desired method for filing EEO-1s is by entering the data into the EEO-1 website or generating an electronic upload file. For companies who have been filing by an electronic upload file, there is an exciting new development.
Federal contractors are required to make outreach efforts to protective groups as part of their Affirmative Action Plan (AAP). Many contractors believe this means posting their vacant positions with as many minority, women, Protected Veterans (PV), and Individuals with Disabilities (IWD) focused groups as possible. Sure this advertises the positions to tons of potential applicants, but it also drives up the number of job candidates that recruiters need to review. Is this really the best use of advertising dollars and recruiters’ time?
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has had a busy few weeks on the regulatory front, including an announcement of proposed changes to Form CC-4 (the individual complaint form), renewal of a revised Scheduling Letter, issuance of the Final Rule on Sex Discrimination, and publication of the second annual revision to the Protected Veteran (PV) Hiring Benchmark. Here’s everything you need to know about these updates:
The Annual EEO-1 filing cycle officially begins on July 1 each year. Companies who are required to file EEO-1s may choose any pay period between July 1 and September 30 to report on their employee population. The EEO-1 website is anticipated to open in the first week of August for 2016. During the downtime, the site is not available for data entry or retrieval of past EEO-1 reports. If your company needs an EEO-1 report while the site is down, you must call the Joint Reporting Committee (JRC) at 877.392.4647 and ask for their assistance.