CAI’s Manager for Affirmative Action Services, Kaleigh Ferraro, shares important information regarding AAP requirements and solicitation of self-identification information from veterans. Make sure you are compliant.
On September 25, 2014, the Veterans Employment and Training Service issued a final rule changing the reporting requirements for employers covered under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA). This final rule rescinds the VETS-100 report and changes the annual veterans report from VETS-100A to VETS-4212. This reporting change will allow employers to report on aggregated protected veterans rather than the individual veteran classification. There will also be the option to report on veteran hires and total hires either by the EEO-1 categories or in total.
Since this changes, federal contractors and subcontractors subject to AAP requirements have been asking how this affects their solicitation of veteran classifications during the hiring process. Regulation changes to VEVRAA effective in 2014 required contractors to solicit veteran status both pre job offer and post job offer. The solicitation was different pre-offer versus post-offer. The pre-offer form requested only for applicants to voluntarily self-id as “protected veteran” while the post-offer form requested individuals to identify as specific veteran classifications. Since the VETS reporting in 2015 will report on aggregated veteran data, the post-offer requesting specific classifications seemed unnecessary.
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) responded on January 20, 2015 with guidance regarding the self-identification forms and solicitation.
- Federal contractors and subcontractors may use the same self-identification form for per-offer and post-offer solicitation during the hiring process. This form will invite applicants to voluntarily self-identify as “protected veteran”. There is no need to request specific veteran classification
- Contractors may continue to request specific veteran classification post-job offer if they choose to do so.
For more information on affirmative action and the recent changes within it, be sure to sign up now for our FREE one hour webinar AAP: What You Need to Know About Recruiting and Applicant Tracking on March 24, 2015.
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