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Equal Employment Opportunity

Veterans

The affirmative action provisions of the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) prohibits job discrimination and requires federal contractors and subcontractors to take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified Vietnam era veterans, special disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, and veterans who served on active duty during a war on in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized. This law is enforced by the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS).

Military reservists and National Guard members called to active duty have rights and responsibilities under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

Additional information is available from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), another government resource that provides information on programs and benefits for veterans, and locations of VA facilities worldwide.

DOL Web Pages on This Topic

DOL Veterans´┐Ż Opportunities
Provides information about how DOL supports the Veterans Hiring Initiative along with links to jobs and resources at DOL and other federal agencies.

Compliance Assistance Materials on Hiring Veterans
Guidance from DOL's Employment Law Guide and other compliance assistance resources.

Federal Contractor Compliance Program
Every contractor or subcontractor with a covered contract of $25,000 or more with the federal government must take affirmative action to hire and promote qualified special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, recently separated and any other veterans who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized.

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)
Monitors contractor compliance with the nondiscrimination and affirmative action provisions of the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA).

Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS)
Promotes the economic security of America's veterans through programs and activities designed to minimize unemployment and underemployment among veterans with service connected disabilities and other targeted veterans groups, and by assisting programs and activities designed to maximize the employment and training opportunities to all veterans.

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) Advisor
Understand veterans' employee eligibility and job entitlements, employer obligations, benefits, and remedies under the Act.

Veterans' Preference Advisor
Veterans can examine the preferences for which they might be entitled with regard to federal jobs.

VETS-100
Federal contractors and subcontractors are required to complete this annual report showing the numbers of special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, and any other protected veterans hired or employed during the reporting period.

Additional information on topics relevant to veterans can be found on the Department of Labor's Web interface, Find It! By Audience — Veterans.

Related Web Pages on This Topic

Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA)
The government resource that provides information on programs and benefits for veterans, and locations of VA facilities worldwide.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)
This VA program assists veterans with service-connected disabilities to achieve employment or enhance their ability to function independently at home and in the community.

Special Programs from the Department of Veterans Affairs
Several VA programs target specific veteran populations such as disabled, homeless, minority, and women veterans.

Laws & Regulations on This Topic

Laws

38 USC §4212
Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974
38 USC §4301
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

Regulations

41 CFR Part 60-250
Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Obligations of Contractors and Subcontractors Regarding Special Disabled Veterans and Veterans of the Vietnam Era
41 CFR Part 61-250
Part 61-250 Annual Report from Federal Contractors