DOL Posts VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark Database

Need help establishing a hiring benchmark for disabled and Vietnam-Era veterans? Have no fear. The U.S. Department of Labor is at your service.

DOL’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, which enforces affirmative action requirements under the  Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), just posted a VEVRRA benchmark database chock full of useful information as contractors go about establishing their hiring benchmark.

Under new rules, VEVRAA requires contractors to establish a hiring benchmark for protected veterans each year or adopt the OFCCP’s national benchmark. Under either approach, contractors must compare the percentage of employees who are protected veterans in each of their establishments to the hiring benchmark set for that establishment. Contractors should use the result of this comparison when assessing the effectiveness of their veteran outreach and recruitment efforts.

“This VEVRAA Benchmark Database provides additional information regarding the establishment of hiring benchmarks and easy access to the national and State data that may be needed to establish these benchmarks,” DOL said.

The database defines important terms, discusses methods for establishing the benchmark, and provides an example of using the five-factor test to develop an individualized hiring benchmark. Those factors are:

  1. The average percentage of veterans in the civilian labor force for the State where the establishment is located, for the previous three years;
  2. The number of veterans who participated in the employment service delivery system in the State where the establishment is located, over the previous four quarters;
  3. The applicant ratio and hiring ratio for the establishment for the previous year;
  4. The most recent assessment of the effectiveness of your outreach and recruitment efforts; and
  5. Any other factor, such as the nature of the job openings or the facility’s location, that would tend to affect the availability of qualified protected veterans,

For more information, go here.

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