Did you know that there are new MANDATORY requirements for Federal Contractors? On Tuesday 22 April there was a Defense Industry Partnership meeting with the RI Department of Labor and Training’s Business Workforce Center. This meeting was an opportunity for our SENEDIA companies to learn about the services provided by the Business Workforce Center. In addition, there was a detailed discussion of some of the new MANDATORY requirements for federal contractors. These include (and are detailed more specifically in the linked OFCCP document):
-Executive Order 11246 and its requirement that all federal contractors and subcontractors who have contracts exceeding $10000 must take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity and cannot practice discriminatory practices.
-Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination and requires federal contractors and subcontractors with contracts or subcontracts of $10,000 or more, to take affirmative action to hire, retain, and promote qualified individuals with disabilities
-Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) – Mandatory Job Listing Requirement, which requires federal contractors and subcontractors with contracts or subcontracts of $25,000 or more to take affirmative action to employ, and advance in employment, certain categories of veterans. It requires listing of most employment openings with employment service delivery system (ESDS), formerly known as “state job banks”.
Below is the link to the presentation from the event as well as a presentation on the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (OFCCP) which identifies new compliance requirements for federal contractors and subcontractors. Contact information for the RI BWC is included in the presentation. They are available to help all companies with any questions and/or ensuring they appropriately meet their compliance requirements.