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Affirmative Action

For federal contractors and subcontractors, affirmative action must be taken by covered employers to recruit and advance qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. Affirmative actions include training programs, outreach efforts, and other positive steps. These procedures should be incorporated into the company’s written personnel policies. Employers with written affirmative action programs must implement them, keep them on file and update them annually.

DOL Web Pages on This Topic

Affirmative Action Fact Sheet
Affirmative Action: Creating Economic Opportunity and Security For All Americans

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)
Monitors contractor and subcontractor compliance with the nondiscrimination and affirmative action provisions of VEVRAA.

Affirmative Action and People with Disabilities
Explains why people with disabilities should be included in affirmative action programs and what contractors' affirmative action obligations are pertaining to outreach and recruitment of people with disabilities.

Executive Order 11246 Fact Sheet
EEO and Affirmative Action Guidelines for Federal Contractors Regarding Race, Color, Gender, Religion, and National Origin



Laws & Regulations on This Topic

Laws

E.O. 11246
Executive Order 11246
29 USC §793
Rehabilitation Act of 1973
38 USC §4212
Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974

Regulations

41 CFR Part 60-1
Obligations of Contractors and Subcontractors
41 CFR Part 60-2
Affirmative Action Programs
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 60-741
Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Obligations of Contractors and Subcontractors Regarding Individuals with Disabilities