New Affirmative Action Rules Demand Swift Contractor Action

By Dietrich Knauth (August 30, 2013, 7:38 PM EDT) -- While contractors are relieved that the U.S. Department of Labor backed off some of the most controversial aspects of its new veterans and disability rules, experts say the rules' tight compliance deadline will put employers under new pressure to quickly overhaul their human resources policies and technology.

The DOL's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs unveiled two long-awaited affirmative action regulations on Aug. 27 that would increase federal contractors' responsibilities to hire veterans and disabled workers. The game-changing rules require contractors to set hiring goals for veterans and disabled employees, invite job applicants to self-identify as veterans or disabled, compile additional...

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