The OFCCP’s new rules designed to improve employment opportunities for protected veterans and qualified workers with disabilities were published in the Federal Register on September 24, 2013. To read and learn more about these new rules click here for the VEVRAA Rule and click here for the 503 Rule.
Both rules become effective on March 24, 2014.
Federal contractors and subcontractors will be required to comply with most of the requirements of the new rules by this date. However, the rules give contractors additional time to comply with requirements in subpart C, which relates to affirmative action programs (AAPs). Contractors with AAPs in place on March 24, 2014 may maintain them until the end of their current AAP year, allowing them to delay compliance with the affirmative action requirements of the new rules until the start of their next AAP year (WARNING: contractors must comply with all other revised requirements as of the effective date).
For example, if a federal contractor’s AAP is already in place on the Final Rules’ effective date of March 24, 2014, there is no need to update the plan to include Subpart C until the following year . This means federal contractors with plans based on a calendar year will have until January 2015 to include Subpart C in their AAPS–(ATTENTION: data collection for Subpart C must nevertheless begin January 1, 2014).
Please contact us if you have any questions or need assistance formulating a plan of action to comply with the new regulations.