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Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program Announces Lower National Veterans Benchmark And Updated Benchmark Database

As government contractors are aware, since March 24, 2014 OFCCP’s regulations implementing the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) have required contractors to establish annual benchmarks for protected veterans or adopt OFCCP’s national benchmark.  Under the regulations, contractors are required to compare the percentage of their employees who are protected veterans to the benchmark.  This comparison is then used to assess the effectiveness of the contractors’ protected veteran outreach and recruitment efforts.  Our comprehensive client alert on the new VEVRAA regulations can be found here.

On April 21, 2015, OFCCP announced that the national benchmark has dropped slightly based on 2014 end of year Bureau of Labor Statistics Data.  The national benchmark is now 7.0 percent, down slightly from the previous benchmark of 7.2 percent.

For contractors who want to calculate their own hiring benchmark, OFCCP has updated its VEVRAA Benchmark Database.  The database can be found here.

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Connie N Bertram, Labor, Employment, Attorney, Proskauer Rose, law firm
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Connie N. Bertram is a Partner in the Labor & Employment Department, resident in the Washington, DC office. Connie is the head of the DC Labor & Employment practice, and co-head of the Whistleblowing & Retaliation, and Government Regulatory Compliance and Relations Groups.

Connie concentrates her practice on labor and employment, executive, whistleblower, government contractor and employee mobility counseling and litigation. She is frequently tapped to conduct confidential internal investigations involving executive-level employees, including claims of...

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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, medical and disability leave matters, employee/independent contractor classification issues, and the investigation and litigation of whistleblower claims. He assists employers in negotiating and drafting executive agreements and employee mobility agreements, including non-competition, non-solicit and non-disclosure agreements, and also conducts and supervises internal investigations.

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