OFCCP releases VEVRAA Focused Review Scheduling List

Posted by Rachel Rubino, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on November 8 2019

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released a scheduling list that includes the establishments that will be scheduled for focused reviews to evaluate their compliance with the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Act (VEVRAA). This list contains 500 establishments and is a supplement to the scheduling list first released on March 25, 2019 that included 3,500 establishments to be scheduled for compliance reviews, Section 503 focused reviews, compliance checks, Functional AAP reviews, or Corporate Management Compliance Evaluations.

Beyond Veteran Outreach - Tips for Hiring and Retaining Veterans

Posted by Lauren Buerger, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant, Berkshire on November 8 2019

Ahead of the OFCCP’s anticipated release of the list of employers selected for focused Veteran reviews and in honor of Veteran’s Day, Berkshire has compiled this list of tips for going beyond the outreach requirements and fully integrating service members into the private workforce.

VETS 4212: The Other Report to be Filed by September 30th

Posted by Kristen N. Johnson on September 6 2019

While many companies are focused on filing their EEO-1 Component 2 reports by the September 30th deadline, for some federal contractors, there is also the annual requirement for the VETS 4212 report to be filed by that date.

OFCCP Releases Compliance Assistance Guides

Posted by Sonia Chapin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on August 7 2019

OFCCP recently released a new webpage aimed at providing compliance assistance documents to contractors. This page was developed as a result of the OFCCP town hall meetings and includes an OFCCP overview brochure, which introduces the agency and its enforcement approach to contractors. There is a “what to expect” document, which outlines items the agency expects from contractors as well as the rights contractors have when interfacing with the agency in a compliance review or investigation.

OFCCP Opens Consideration for Vets Hiring Recognition Awards

Posted by Patti Sauer, Managing Consultant on April 11 2019

OFCCP is now accepting applications for the 2019 HIRE Vets Medallion Award! This award recognizes federal contractors who have made it their mission to hire, recruit, and retain America’s heroes. Organizations of all sizes can apply, over 230 organizations received the award last year and the process is easy and secure.

The application period is open from now through April 30. Click here for more details.

OFCCP Updates Protected Veteran Hiring Benchmark

Posted by Brian LaCour on March 27 2019

As has been the norm during the Spring months, the OFCCP has reassessed the Annual Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) hiring benchmark. For Affirmative Action Plans developed after March 31, 2019, the national benchmark for the percentage of Protected Veterans contractors should seek to hire is 5.9 percent.

2018 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration Award Recipients Released

Posted by Stephanie Meyers, Associate HR Consultant on December 21 2018

The recipients of the 2018 Program Demonstration Awards have been released. The HIRE Vets Act, which was signed by President Trump in 2017, recognizes employers who recruit, employ and retain veterans. There are awards for small, medium, and large corporations that consist of two tiers: gold and platinum. The criteria for recognition consists of the percentage of new hire veterans, percentage of veterans retained, and total number of veterans employed. Leadership opportunities, training, and tuition assistance for veterans are also considered when recognizing the employers. Notable large companies recognized in 2018 are Southwest Airlines, Northrup Grumman, and Leidos. For a full list of the award recipients as well as the full criteria and application process for the 2019 awards please visit https://www.hirevets.gov/.

Another One Bites the Dust—Say Goodbye to 2018

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant on December 21 2018

2018 was a very busy year for federal contractors. Before we ring in 2019, let’s take a stroll through some of the highlights and what can be done to prepare for another busy year.

Recognizing the Sacrifices of Military Spouses on Veterans Day

Posted by January Mallory on November 12 2018

Serving in the military is more than just a commitment for those who serve on the front line, it is a commitment for their families as well. Military spouses are often subject to the ebbs and flow of the serving spouses’ assignments which often leaves them constantly looking for new employment.

OFCCP Issues Limited Waiver for Hurricane Michael Relief

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, VP, Client Services, Berkshire on October 18 2018

On Monday, Craig Leen, Acting Director of OFCCP, issued a National Exemption (NIE) Memorandum to federal contracting agencies notifying them to grant a limited exemption to new supply and service or construction contracts specifically created to provide Hurricane Michael relief. This relief effort is similar to what was done with new federal contracts to provide relief for Hurricane Florence last month.