The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently announced that the annual national percentage of veterans in the civilian labor force for 2014 is 7.2 percent.
On March 24, 2014, OFCCP’s new VEVRAA regulations governing the affirmative action requirements of federal contractors and their subcontractors went into effect. At that time, OFCCP announced the national percentage of veterans in the civilian labor force as 8 percent. Since the final rule was implemented, the percentage has decreased.
Employers responsible for complying with the regulations by having a written affirmative action plan should use the 7.2 percent benchmark, or an independently derived benchmark as outlined in the regulations, for all plans with a start date of March 24, 2014 or later. The benchmark is subject to change annually and will be published in OFCCP’s VEVRAA Benchmark Database.
For more information on OFCCP’s new veterans rule and other issues related to affirmative action requirements for construction employers, visit the Labor and HR Topical Resources section of the AGC website. The primary category is “EEO” and the secondary category is “Affirmative Action/EEO.”