Final Rules to Improve Employment of Veterans, People With Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Labor on August 27, 2013 announced two final rules to improve hiring and employment of veterans and for people with disabilities.

One rule updates requirements under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; the other updates those under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

For more than 40 years these laws have required federal contractors and subcontractors to affirmatively recruit, hire, train and promote qualified veterans and people with disabilities respectively.

“In a competitive job market, employers need access to the best possible employees,” said Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “These rules make it easier for employers to tap into a large, diverse pool of qualified candidates.”

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OSHA's Occupational Hearing Loss Standard: How to Check if Your Workplace is Too Noisy

With alarm bells increasingly clanging about noise pollution around us, here is information, dated August 22, 2013, you can use to judge how noisy your place of work is. Take a moment to click here to read about this.

Military Spouses Now Have Federal Jobs Preference

Executive Order 13473, which went into effect September 11, 2009, opens the door to more federal jobs for qualified military spouses. Federal agencies are now able to hire certain military spouses without having them compete for jobs.

The guidelines apply to the spouses of military service members relocating for new assignments, some physically disabled spouses, and those whose husband or wife was killed in the line of duty. They can apply for a federal job and request that recruiters allow them to bypass the traditional hiring process.

The guidelines appear in the Federal Register: