If your company does business with the Federal government you are familiar with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The OFCCP ensures employers comply with nondiscrimination and affirmative action laws and regulations through a variety of compliance evaluations.
Are you aware that the OFCCP has created a new employer incentive called the Good-Faith Initiative for Veterans Employment (G-FIVE)? The OFCCP has identified some factors they will consider as evidence that a company is making a real effort to hire veterans. A few examples of the types of activities that show “good faith” are:
Partnering with local Veterans Service Organizations to employ or advance covered veterans
Recruitment efforts at educational institutions to reach students who are covered veterans
Providing on-the-job training opportunities to covered veterans
Based on the outcome of a full compliance evaluation the OFCCP Regional Directors will make G-FIVE recommendations to the National Office of contractor and subcontractor establishments that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in the employment of covered veterans, based on a list of evaluation factors.
Contractor or subcontractor establishments that receive G-FIVE recognition will be excluded from an OFCCP compliance evaluation for three (3) years following the date the recipient receives the rating. Companies can self-nominate to be considered for G-FIVE recognition.
So, why am I telling you this? SHAMELESS PLUG: because I love the fact that many of the evaluation factors listed for G-FIVE recognition are the very same ideas I promote in my “Marketing to Attract the Military Applicant” and “Military Applicant Sourcing Options” web seminars. Check out www.TheValueOfaVeteran.com/webinars.html for complete list of seminar topics and session dates through December 2008.
My clients who are federal contractors are doubly excited – by participating in my seminars they’ve come away with a ton of great ideas, and just by implementing even a few of them they are well on their way to receiving G-FIVE recognition!
For more information on the Good-Faith Initiative for Veterans Employment (G-FIVE) go to the Department of Labor website: http://www.dol.gov/esa/ofccp/regs/compliance/faqs/dir282faqs.htm.
Posted by Lisa Rosser, Author of and Speaker/Workshop Leader on The Value Of a Veteran(TM): The Guide for Human Resource Professionals to Regarding, Recruiting, and Retaining Military Veterans