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OFCCP Continues to Update VEVRAA Resources with Second 2024 Release

By Debra Milstein Gardner - Jul 1, 2024 11:00:00 AM - 3 MINS READ

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released new resources to aid federal contractors and subcontractors in complying with the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA). VEVRAA mandates that these contractors must not discriminate against veterans in their employment practices and must provide equal employment opportunities in recruitment, hiring, promotion, and retention. These resources are aimed at assisting companies comply with their VEVRAA requirements.

The OFCCP has published a new example demonstrating the use of the VEVRAA national benchmark, a crucial metric for contractors to gauge their progress in offering equal employment opportunities to protected veterans. Alongside this, an updated sample of the VEVRAA Affirmative Action Program (AAP) has been released, providing enhanced guidance on leveraging the hiring benchmark to better monitor and improve veteran hiring and recruitment efforts.

Earlier in the year, the OFCCP updated its VEVRAA webpage, adding valuable resources including videos on the significance of self-identification and veterans' rights under VEVRAA, new promising practices, guidance on hiring benchmarks, and a comprehensive FAQ section.

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This update underscores that VEVRAA compliance involves more than just having a written affirmative action plan; it requires active and measurable efforts to achieve equal employment opportunities for veterans. Navigating VEVRAA compliance can be complex. Utilizing an experienced affirmative action vendor is essential to ensuring your company meets these important obligations effectively. For expert support with your VEVRAA compliance needs, consider reaching out to OutSolve.

Debra Milstein Gardner

Debra Milstein Gardner has worked in the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) space for the past 43 years while working in the public and private sectors in various human resources compliance roles. She began her career working for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and then went to the Marriott Corporation for nine years working in EEO, Affirmative Action and field human resource roles. In 1990, Debra founded Workplace Dynamics LLC providing EEO, AA, and DEI consulting services to government contractors. In 2016, Debra sold the affirmative action portion of Workplace Dynamics to OutSolve LLC and works part-time as a Market Analyst. Debra is a sports fanatic, routing for the Baltimore Ravens and all Virginia Tech Hokie teams. She loves to hike and boat in her mountain and lake community of Lake Lure, NC.

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