The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) updated the 2021 Annual Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) hiring benchmark on the VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark Database. Effective on March 31, 2021, the new benchmark is 5.6%.
Background. Effective March 24, 2014, contractors required by the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) to develop a written affirmative action program (AAP) must also establish a hiring benchmark for protected veterans each year or adopt the national benchmark provided by the OFCCP. 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.
Application of benchmarks. The benchmark applies only to hiring data and does not need to be applied to each AAP job group. The OFCCP has repeatedly made clear that failing to meet the benchmark is not a violation of the regulations and will not carry any penalties. Rather, contractors should use the result of this comparison when assessing the effectiveness of their veteran outreach and recruitment efforts. However, the OFCCP has also emphasized that failure to set the benchmark and meet the data collection, analysis, and recordkeeping requirements related to this benchmark does violate the regulations.
Looking for prior national percentages? The VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark Database displays a chart of the annual national percentage of veterans in the civilian labor force from prior years along with their effective dates.
State-level veteran availability data has also been updated in the VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark Database for federal contractors and subcontractors who calculate an individualized hiring benchmark using the five-factor method.
Source: DOL.gov; CCH/Wolters Kluwer