New labor laws will increase number of veterans and people with disabilities hired

March 10, 2014 

There is great news for veterans, disabled veterans and non-veterans with disabilities. There are new rulings on regulations coming into effect on March 24.

In September, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs published a final rule that makes changes to certain labor laws. For the past 40 years, it has been prohibited to engage in employment discrimination on the basis of veteran status or disability. The new rule establishes specific guidelines for federal contractors and subcontractors to recruit, hire, promote and retain veterans and people with disabilities.

Getting down to the bottom line of how do veterans, disabled veterans and those with disabilities benefit from all of this:

As a result of the new rulings, many more businesses will be looking to places such as CareerSource Suncoast to help them recruit and hire veterans and people with disabilities. This presents a tremendous opportunity for the workforce system to improve employment outcomes for these veteran and disabled jobseeker populations and provide a valuable service for business customers of workforce offices as well.

The impact of this -- an increase in the number of jobs listed by federal contractors and an assurance that special populations are given precedence in being considered for job postings.

The OFCCP provides compliance assistance to contractors to help them develop plans, policies and procedures to implement the regulations. Federal contractors and sub-contractors need to work through their plans now in order to be compliant by March 24. Live assistance is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. by calling, 1-866-487-2365.

Mary Helen Kress, president and CEO of CareerSource Suncoast, a non-profit corporation that provides talent sourcing and development services for businesses, job seekers and workers in Manatee and Sarasota counties, writes about employment issues in Manatee County.

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