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OFCCP Announces 2019 Veteran Hiring Benchmark

On March 27, 2019, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) released its 2019 Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (“VEVRAA”) Benchmark. Effective March 31, 2019, the new benchmark is 5.9%, a slight decrease from 2018’s 6.4% benchmark. This is OFCCP’s fifth reduction of the benchmark, which has steadily declined since its inception in 2014.

The VEVRAA Benchmark is the figure which federal contractors must use to assess the effectiveness of their outreach programs for the hiring of veterans. Contractors may either use OFCCP’s national benchmark, or establish their own benchmark using applicable statistics and other metrics set forth in OFCCP’s regulations (41 CFR § 60-300.45(b)(2)).

In announcing the revised benchmark, OFCCP also noted that it “plans to incorporate VEVRAA Focused Reviews into the Corporate Scheduling Announcement List” next fiscal year. As we previously reported, focused reviews are compliance evaluations focusing on one element of OFCCP’s jurisdiction. This year OFCCP introduced Section 503 Focused Reviews, which focus on the OFCCP’s requirements with respect to individuals with disabilities. Contractors should review their processes for compliance with VEVRAA and OFCCP’s VEVRAA-related regulations to ensure they are prepared.

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About this Author

Guy Brenner, Labor Attorney, Proskauer Rose, arbitration proceedings Lawyer

Guy Brenner is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department and co-head of the Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Group. He has extensive experience representing employers in both single-plaintiff and class action matters, as well as in arbitration proceedings. He also regularly assists federal government contractors with the many special employment-related compliance challenges they face.

Guy represents employers in all aspects of employment and labor litigation and counseling, with an emphasis on non-compete and trade secrets issues,...


Mark Linscott is an associate in the Labor & Employment Law Department and assists clients with a wide range of labor and employment law matters.

Prior to joining Proskauer, Mark attended Seton Hall University School of Law where he served as a senior associate editor of the Seton Hall Circuit Review. Mark also worked as a clinical law student at the Seton Hall Civil Litigation Clinic and as summer intern at the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender. In addition, Mark served as a research assistant to Professor Jonathan Hafetz.