Rule updates supported by PVA.
A pair of rule updates by the Labor Department aimed at improving hiring and employment prospects for veterans and people with disabilities is getting cautious support from Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).
The final rules, issued Aug. 27, in the Federal Register, update regulations of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act.
These two laws have required federal contractors and subcontractors to affirmatively recruit, hire, train and promote qualified veterans and people with disabilities.
Sherman Gillums Jr., associate executive director of veterans benefits for PVA, applauds the new rules, but cautions that any jobs offered to veterans under the rules should offer positive career prospects that are guarded from budget cuts and sequestration.
The modifications to VEVRAA require contractors to annually adopt a benchmark based on the national percentage of veterans in the workforce or develop their own benchmark based on the best available data.
With modifications to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, federal contractors and subcontractors will aim to fill 7% of the positions in each job group in their workforce with qualified individuals with disabilities.
“It’s important that federal contractors abide by both the letter and spirit of the new rules by recruiting and hiring individuals for all types of positions at all levels of responsibility,” says Susan Prokop, associate advocacy director at PVA. Prokop adds that contractors should connect with PVA’s Operation PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment) “to assure themselves of access to first rate, solid talent.”
For more information on the rule changes, visit dol.gov. For more information on Operation PAVE, visit pva.org.
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