Human Resource & Labor News
www.agc.orgJune 22, 2016 / Issue No. 03-16
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On the Inside
Wage & Hour Law
FLSA Salary Threshold Increases to $47,476/Year; Duties Test not Changed
Labor Department Issues New FMLA Guide and Poster for Employers
Labor Relations
AGC Urges Court to Overturn NLRB Expansion of Joint Employer Standard
NLRB Decision Limiting Right to Replace Strikers May Signal a New Paradigm
Common Control for Purposes of Withdrawal Liability is Determined at Time Covered Work Resumes Rather than Time of Withdrawal, 10th Circuit Rules
Equal Employment Opportunity
EEOC Issues Final Rules on Employer Wellness Programs
EEOC Issues Guidance on Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation for People with Disabilities
OFCCP Finalizes Sex Discrimination Rule
OFCCP Sets 2016 VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark at 6.9 Percent
HR & Labor Education
10 Reasons to Attend AGC’s 2016 Construction HR and Training Professionals Conference
Labor Lawyers & Managers Gather to Hear Latest Developments in Construction Labor Law
OFCCP Sets 2016 VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark at 6.9 Percent
 

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently published its 2016 annual Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Benchmark.  The benchmark is 6.9 percent and reflects the national percentage of veterans in the civilian labor force for 2016, as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The new number is a slight decrease from last year’s 7 percent benchmark. 

OFCCP’s revised VEVRAA regulations implementing affirmative action requirements of federal contractors and their subcontractors went into effect on March 24, 2014. 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 from 8 percent to now, 6.9 percent.  Employers responsible for complying with the regulations by having a written affirmative action plan should use the new 6.9 percent benchmark, or an independently derived benchmark as outlined in the regulations. The benchmark is subject to change annually and will be published in OFCCP’s VEVRAA Benchmark Database.  

For more information on OFCCP’s veterans rule and other issues related to affirmative action requirements for construction employers, visit the Labor & HR Topical Resources.  The primary category is “EEO” and the secondary category is “Affirmative Action/EEO.”  Logging-in is required to access all available resources.
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