The Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) submitted a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPR) to the Federal Register this week “to propose revisions to the regulations implementing the reporting requirements under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended, (“VEVRAA”).” The proposed rule is intended to simplify the reporting requirements that federal contractors have to meet. Here are the highlights of the proposed changes:
- Officially eliminates the VETS-100 form
- Renames the VETS-100A form the VETS-4212 form
- The VETS-4212 form would use the same veteran classification terms as defined in the new OFCCP VEVRAA regulation
- Eliminates requirement for employers to collect hiring information on each sub-category of protected veteran because, as you may be aware, some veterans qualify in more than one category.
Thus, the new regulation would eliminate double counting and eliminate the possible, inadvertent identification of disabled veterans, etc.
By the time the regulations become effective (one year after after effective date of new rule, so no earlier than mid-2015), employers would only need to collect information for the aggregated number of “protected veterans,” instead of the numbers in each sub-category.
If your organization would like to submit comments for consideration on this NPR, they must be submitted by April 25, 2014. Instructions on how to submit comments are in the NPR.