U.S. Department of Labor Provides Scheduling List for Federal Contractors Subject to Reviews for Compliance with Vietnam Veterans Era Laws
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) today released its first scheduling list solely for reviews focused on compliance with the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. These reviews will be similar in scope to reviews OFCCP began earlier in 2019 focused on compliance with its disability law.
OFCCP plans to conduct 500 focused reviews under the VEVRAA, which will include a comprehensive review of a contractor's policies and employment practices as they relate exclusively to VEVRAA. The reviews will ensure that federal contractors and subcontractors comply with their nondiscrimination and affirmative action obligations. In August 2018, OFCCP announced its intent to conduct VEVRAA-focused reviews in Directive 2018-04.
"One of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' core responsibilities is to assure equal employment opportunity for our veterans," said Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Director, Craig E. Leen. "We have a responsibility to honor their service and contributions by ensuring that contractors provide an inclusive and nondiscriminatory workplace."
Contractors can find out if OFCCP has scheduled them for a VEVRAA-focused review by checking the Corporate Scheduling Announcement List in the OFCCP's FOIA Library.
In advance of the VEVRAA-focused reviews, OFCCP has updated its website with a new information on VEVRAA-focused reviews. The updates provide federal contractors with best practices, protected veterans' resources, FAQs and other information.
OFCCP enforces Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and VEVRAA. These laws, as amended, make it illegal for contractors and subcontractors doing business with the federal government to discriminate in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. In addition, contractors and subcontractors are prohibited from discriminating against applicants or employees because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their compensation or the compensation of others subject to certain limitations. For more information, please call OFCCP's toll-free helpline at 800-397-6251 or visit https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/.
The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.