New DOL Head Renews Push For Contractor Regs

By Dietrich Knauth (August 5, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Labor has submitted two affirmative action rules for contractors to the Office of Management and Budget, which attorneys are taking as a sign the department's new leadership is looking to jump-start an ambitious regulatory agenda that stalled during President Barack Obama's first term.

The Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs, the DOL division charged with regulating federal contractors' employment and affirmative action practices, asked the OMB last week to approve two rules aimed at boosting affirmative action hires of veterans and disabled workers.

The affirmative action rule for veterans was proposed in April 2011, and the disability rule...

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