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10 steps to take now to manage veterans and disabled workers

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by Larry Malfitano, Esq., Bond, Schoeneck & King, Syracuse

Federal contractors will soon have new rules for managing ­veterans and disabled workers. Now is the time to prepare for the many changes that become effective March 24.

Revised regulations have been issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Com­­pli­­ance Programs (OFCCP), addressing affirmative action obligations applicable to disabled individuals under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and protecting veterans pursuant to the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA).

Identification, documentation

One of the biggest changes involves self-identification. If you are a covered federal contractor, you must invite applicants to identify their disability status at the time of application. In addition, once a year you must report on the number of people with disabilities who apply for jobs and how many you hired.

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