Republican lawmakers charged that federal contractor benchmark hiring goals for veterans and the disabled burden contractors and amount to quotas, at a Dec. 4, 2013 House Education and Workforce subcommittee on workforce protections hearing.
But Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Director Patricia Shiu told the panel that they are simply goals and contractors can’t be penalized if they don’t meet them as long as they show evidence of trying.
The Labor Department finalized two rules Aug. 27. They include a new 7 percent hiring goal for people with disabilities and an benchmarking requirement for veteran hiring. Both rules, which apply to contractors and subcontractors with 50 employees and $50,000 in government contracts, go into effect Feb. 27, 2014.
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