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Another Year, Another Reduced Veteran Hiring Benchmark

Under 41 CFR 60-300.45, OFCCP must publish the “national percentage of veterans in the civilian labor force” for contractors to use as a “hiring benchmark.”  OFCCP’s initial veteran hiring benchmark (in 2014) was 7.2% .   Every year since, this percentage of available veterans has decreased.   This year, the veteran hiring benchmark decreased again – from 5.9% to 5.7%.

So, for contractors who elect not to calculate their own hiring benchmark, be sure to use the national percentage on your AAP plan year date:

  • Affirmative action plans dated before March 31, 2020 should continue to use the prior 5.9% veteran hiring benchmark.
  • Affirmative action plans dated March 31, 2020 or later should use the new 5.7% veteran hiring benchmark.

As OFCCP rolls out audits focused on VEVRAA compliance, contractors should expect the Agency to look closely at the organization’s benchmark and its hiring rates.

Jackson Lewis P.C. © 2022National Law Review, Volume X, Number 111
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Laura Mitchell, Jackson Lewis, Management Representation lawyer, Contractual Drafting Attorney
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Laura A. Mitchell is a Principal in the Denver, Colorado, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She represents management exclusively in all areas of employment law, focusing on affirmative action and government contractor compliance.

Ms. Mitchell is a Principal in the firm’s Affirmative Action and OFCCP Defense practice group, representing government and non-government contractors in Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) matters, preparing for and defending OFCCP audits, and counseling employers on issues stemming...

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