The 2014 Final VEVRAA Rule, which took effect March 24, 2014, requires that contractors advise the Employment Service Delivery System (ESDS) in each state where it has establishments that:
(1) It is a federal contractor, and
(2) It desires priority referrals of protected veterans from the state for job openings at all locations within the state.
The regulations also require the contractor to provide the ESDS with the name and location of each hiring establishment within the state and the contact information for the official responsible for hiring at each location.
Good faith efforts pertaining to Affirmative Action need to be expanded to increase the pool of qualified candidates. Outreach has to be external (to reach the wider labor market), and internal (immediate workforce). Proof of outreach must be meticulously maintained. Good faith efforts also encompass training and promotion of the internal workforce. Results of good faith efforts also need to be documented and kept for three years in case of an OFCCP audit.
Federal contractors and sub-contractors are required to set hiring goals for protected veterans and candidates with disabilities. For veterans the hiring goal should be at the 7.2% national average. The OFCCP does allow you to set your own hiring goal for veterans based on certain criteria but it is safer to just go with the national average. For Individuals with Disabilities (IWDs), a 7% utilization goal is expected in all job groups. Also set goals under EO 11246 as applicable.
How will America’s Job Exchange (AJE) assist you in accomplishing this task?
AJE has an updated Reporting Portal that includes a self-service reporting tool that provides links to employment offices in all 50 states, office locations, state credentials and account alerts to customers for state credentials updates. The portal is available to AJE customers 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for audit reports, account updates and information on the new regulatory requirements. Additionally, we have launched an Outreach Relationship Management System that we are excited about! The system will have the ability to record the following information:
- Date of the outreach event
- Event type
- Location of the event
- Outreach organization partner (and type) involved in the event
- Outreach organization contact information for the event
- Customer contact information for the event
- Notes related to the event
- Uploaded documents related to the event
- Ratings of the success of the event (given by the customer/employer)
This Outreach Management Tool allows our customers the ability to create reports on the outreach activity recorded in the tool. Customers can filter by date range, city and state, organization type and will also be able to export the report to an Excel or PDF file.
Please contact your Account Manager at America’s Job Exchange for more information or for any questions you may have on our reporting tool.
You can download our OFCCP Compliance for Recruitment brochure here.
The new regulations have been in effect for about nine months and they have created enough angst. It is necessary to understand what the new rules require and to stay on top of them. Although you may have enlisted the help of a company like AJE to help with your compliance needs, it is imperative that you monitor and stay on top of the outreach, documenting and reporting data. Take charge of your outreach efforts and enlist our help!