The July 31, 2014 Executive Order entitled Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces specifically lists out 15 labor laws and executive orders, violations of which contractors will be required to report to contracting officers beginning in 2016 on contracts exceeding $500,000. However, it is notable that the Executive Order specifically calls out “38 U.S.C. 3696, 3698, 3699, 4214, 4301-4306, also known as the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974.” This is interesting, because as we know, the Section relating to Federal contractors is actually 4212, and is notably absent in this list. Section 4214 is the section requiring the Federal Government to promote the maximum employment and job advancement opportunities to qualified veterans as proscribed by OPM. Does this mean that Federal contractors will not be required to report on violations relating to Section 4212 of VEVRAA?
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By Kristen Pryor, M.S., Associate Consultant