What kind of affirmative action requirements do employers with federal contracts have to meet for individuals with disabilities and veterans?

Author: Linda Segall, Segall Enterprises

Government contractors that meet the requirements to employ individuals with disabilities and/or Vietnam Era veterans must have in place a written Affirmative Action Plan whose requirements are exclusively narrative, according to the provisions of +41 C.F.R. 60-250 Part 60-250 and +41 C.F.R. Part 60-741. Statistical analysis and hiring projections are not required.

Although hiring goals are not required, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and other branches of the government have begun to pay attention to the experience employers have in hiring covered employees.

For veterans, the government's commitment is being shown in legislation designed to encourage the hiring of veterans who return from Iraq and Afghanistan. Likewise, the OFCCP has taken an interest in requiring employers to set a seven percent goal of hiring individuals with disabilities.