As a follow up to OFCCP’s recent release of FAQs addressing the protected veteran data collection obligations for contractors, we wanted to take a moment to reiterate employers’ continued obligation to solicit veteran status from applicants post-offer.
Under the revised VEVRAA regulations, employers must solicit protected veteran status from candidates both at the pre-offer and post-offer stage.
The changes explained by OFCCP’s new FAQs relate to the detail of information employers are required to collect as part of this self-id process.
At the post-offer stage, employers are required to solicit information about an applicant’s status as a protected veteran but are no longer required to ask the individual to identify the specific category of protected veteran to which they belong.
To reiterate – employers are still required to solicit protected veteran status post-offer, they just no longer have to obtain detail as to the applicable category of protected veteran.