With March came some changes to the regulations with which federal contractors must comply. The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) evaluates federal contractors’ compliance with federal equal employment opportunity laws. These laws prohibit discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, and disability by employers who hold federal contracts. Two of the laws OFCCP enforces are Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 503) and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA). Section 503 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by employers with federal contracts or subcontracts that exceed $10,000, and it requires these employers to take affirmative steps to hire, promote, and retain qualified individuals with disabilities. VEVRAA requires covered contractors and subcontractors to take affirmative steps to employ protected veterans and prohibits these contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against protected veterans.
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