For the fourth year in a row since its first published benchmark in 2014 (at 7.2%), the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) has reduced the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) hiring benchmark again, this time to 6.4%. The new benchmark is effective March 31, 2018.
The VEVRAA hiring benchmark is calculated annually to reflect the national percentage of veterans in the civilian labor force. The OFCCP requires contractors to compare the percentage of protected veterans within their employment ranks against VEVRAA hiring benchmark to evaluate the level of success of their veteran outreach and recruitment activities.
As always, contractors also have the option of developing an alternative benchmark based on other pertinent factors, including the veterans in the civilian labor force in the area where the establishment covered by the plan is located. The OFCCP has also updated national and state information in its VEVRAA Benchmark Database for covered contractors who calculate an individualized hiring benchmark. Contractors who are having difficulty reaching the national benchmark and who believe that they have a robust outreach program to veterans may wish to consider at least gathering the information to create an individualized benchmark to see if that changes their results.