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, Vice President of Client Services 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.

OFCCP Issues Limited Waiver for Hurricane Florence Relief

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services on September 21 2018

On Monday, September 17, 2018, 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 Florence relief.

Did you know July 25 and July 26 are special days in the world of Affirmative Action?

Posted by Lauren Buerger on July 20 2018

July 25 is National Hire a Veteran Day! Sponsored by Hire Our Heroes, National Hire a Veteran Day honors our servicemen and women as they enter the nonmilitary workforce. While federal contractors are encouraged to consider Veterans throughout the year, Hire Our Heroes is holding a virtual career fair on National Hire a Veteran Day for all Veterans trained in various skills.

Details on the HIRE Vets Medallion Program are Now Available

Posted by Sonia Chapin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on February 7 2018

As previously reported, the Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) has released details about a new program designed to recognize employers with a strong track record in hiring and retaining Veterans.

New DOL Program Recognizes Top Veteran Employers

Posted by Sonia Chapin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on November 10 2017

The Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) announced a new program to recognize employers leading the way in Veteran employment. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing (HIRE) American Military Veterans Act was signed into law in May, and the rule implementing the program was announced as part of 2017 Veterans Day ceremonies. The HIRE Vets Medallion Program will highlight organizations with successful programs to recruit and retain Veterans.

New Program to Encourage Veteran Recruitment Efforts