Reminder: the VETS-4212 reporting cycle for 2016 is now open, and the filing deadline is September 30. Filing information is available on the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) website.
The Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) (located at 38 U.S.C. § 4212(d)), requires federal contractors and subcontractors subject to the act’s affirmative action provisions in § 4212(a) to track and report annually to the Secretary of Labor the number of employees and new hires that are covered veterans, by job category and hiring location, who belong to the specified categories of veterans protected under the statute. Under the most recent amendments to the statute, those categories are:
- Disabled veterans;
- Veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized;
- Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985 (61 FR 1209); and
- Recently separated veterans (veterans within 36 months from discharge or release from active duty). The reporting form for this requirement is administered by VETS; generally the reporting cycle begins annually on or around August 1 and ends September 30.
Note that the threshold for VETS-4212 reporting was increased from $100,000 to $150,000 on October 1, 2015. Accordingly, for the 2016 filing year beginning on August 1, the filing threshold for contracts entered into prior to October 1, 2015, is still $100,000; for contracts entered into on or after October 1, 2015, the filing threshold will be $150,000. The filing threshold for contractors continuing to file their VETS-4212 reports for 2015 is still $100,000.