March 24: Let the increased hiring of veterans and people with disabilities begin!
Posted on March 24th, 2014 by Maynard
Today is March 24th. Not a big deal, right? Just an ordinary day in March.
But if the goals of two new federal rules taking effect today are fully realized, maybe… just maybe, March 24th will be remembered and celebrated annually like July 26th is remembered as the anniversary of the historic Americans with Disabilities Act, and November 11th is celebrated as being Veterans Day.
You might recall a post I wrote here last fall about the U.S. Department of Labor updating some rules. Previously, Federal contractors and subcontractors had to develop and document outreach and recruitment strategies to help them meet long-standing affirmative action requirements to recruit, hire, promote, and retain qualified veterans and individuals with disabilities. Now — as a result of the updated rules — contractors will also have to track the effectiveness of their strategies against a national hiring goal for people with disabilities (7%) and a hiring benchmark for veterans (currently 8% nationally).
The Department of Labor is saying an additional 594,580 individuals with disabilities and an additional 205,500 protected veterans would be hired if all covered contractors met the new goals within the final rules. That’s why many are describing the rules as potential “game-changers” in positively impacting the employment rates of people with disabilities and veterans.
Easter Seals wants federal contractors and subcontractors to succeed in meeting this goal. That’s why more than 50 Easter Seals affiliates across the country provide employment service to help veterans and people with disabilities enter or return to the workforce. Easter Seals regularly works with businesses in helping them find and retain employees.
Meeting these goals is a win-win for everyone, so let the hiring begin. And, by the way, Happy March 24th. See, it already has a nice ring to it!
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If you’re a veteran looking for a job or assistance reintegrating into civilian life, see what the Easter Seals Dixon Center can do for you.