New rules for hiring veterans, disabled persons

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that the Federal Register published two final rules to improve the hiring and employment of veterans and of people with disabilities. The rules were first announced last August; more information is available here.

The rules will become effective March 24, 2014, and federal contractors will be required to comply with most of the final rule’s requirements by that date. Some contractors may have additional time to comply with the requirements in subpart C, which relates to affirmative action plans. Contractors with such plans in place by March 24 may maintain them until the end of their plan year, and delay their compliance with the final rule’s affirmative action plan requirements until the start of their next plan cycle.

The final rules in the Federal Register can be found here and here.

Contractors seeking general information or compliance assistance can call the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program’s toll free at (800) 397-6251 or visit