Free AJAH Guide for Federal Contractors on New OFCCP Veteran Hiring Compliance Requirements

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WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

American Jobs for America’s Heroes (AJAH), a non-profit military hiring campaign, today published a free “business English” summary guide to the new OFCCP VEVRAA regulations requiring that 7.2% of new hires are “protected veterans”. (This percentage will be updated annually by OFCCP.)

If a company has at least one federal contract with a value of $100,000 or more, then the company is subject to new regulations issued under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Rehabilitation Assistance Act (VEVRAA) that went into effect on March 24, 2014. Guide for Federal Contractors to 2014 OFCCP Compliance Requirements Related to Veteran Hiring Under VEVRAA http://www.CenterForAmerica.org/ofccp.html .

“Congress and the Administration want to stimulate veteran hiring by requiring through VEVRAA that federal contractors have a process in place that results in continuous rather than sporadic veteran hiring,” said Steve Nowlan, Center for America President and AJAH campaign director. “This free AJAH Guide distills 60 pages of confusing regulations into an easy-to-follow guide for meeting VEVRAA requirements.”

“Businesses that capitalize on the employment of veterans are investing in long-term stability and proven reputations. They are investing in a network of extraordinary individuals with the training, experience and values every business is searching for. Let’s invest in the future of our nation by connecting business with veterans,” said U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who authored the Foreword for the Guide. “The American Jobs for America’s Heroes campaign is an effective resource to help businesses accomplish this goal."

“We’re very grateful to Baker & McKenzie, and its partners Robert J. Mignin and Celina R. Joachim, who contributed their time and expertise to author the guide,” said Brig. Gen. (ret) Marianne Watson, AJAH Advisory Council Vice Chair. “Baker & McKenzie’s commitment enables AJAH to offer the guide as a free download to tens of thousands of business managers across the country who will benefit from its step-by-step explanation.”

“The new VEVRAA regulations require contractors to act on two primary strategies. The first is a requirement that they strengthen their companywide internal recruiting methods to ensure they are effective and appropriately resourced to identify, interview and recruit ‘protected veterans’,” said Bob Mignin and Celina Joachim of Baker & McKenzie. “The second strategy is to expand the contractors’ outreach to connect with the tremendous network of government and nonprofit organizations who can help with matching employers with veteran candidates.”

How American Jobs for America’s Heroes Works

Free job postings submitted by employers are provided directly to hundreds of military employment counselors in the National Guard Employment Network and other military branches who are actively working one-on-one with candidates and employers to match them to jobs. AJAH is an ongoing complement to traditional job boards and job fairs. http://www.centerforamerica.org/pledge/ng/ajah_mm.html.

There are no fees to participating companies or job candidates. Employers who want to post open positions can sign up through the Center for America website at: www.centerforamerica.org/register.html

About American Jobs for America’s Heroes Campaign

The American Jobs for America’s Heroes (AJAH) campaign, comprising more than 150 trade and professional associations, non-profit organizations, and state Chambers of Commerce, is a non-profit alliance with the National Guard to help unemployed National Guard members, veterans and spouses find skilled jobs in the private sector. More than 1,200 employers are registered to post jobs through AJAH. Currently, tens of thousands of National Guard members are unemployed. See the AJAH short video on the campaign – http://www.centerforamerica.org/video.html

Phillips 66, an energy manufacturing and logistics company (PSX), is the lead national sponsor for this campaign.

About Baker & McKenzie

Founded in 1949, Baker & McKenzie advises many of the world’s most dynamic and successful business organizations through more than 4,100 locally qualified lawyers and 6,000 professional staff in 75 offices in 47 countries. www.BakerMcKenzie.com

To download AJAH campaign graphics and photos for association, employer and media use:
http://www.CenterForAmerica.org/ajah_graphics.html

Twitter: https://twitter.com/USJobs4USHeroes
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanJobsforAmericasHeroes
Blog: http://americanjobsforamericasheroes.blogspot.com/

Contact:
To schedule an interview to discuss the new Guide, please contact one of the following:
Todd Young (Center for America)
770-317-2423
todd@centerforamerica.org
or
Jenny Kefauver (Center for America)
703-850-3533
jenny@centerforamerica.org
or
Kevin Blasko (Baker & McKenzie)
312-861-6633
Kevin.Blasco@bakermckenzie.com

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