OFCCP has announced the new Veteran Hiring benchmark will be 6.4% effective March 31, 2018.  Affirmative Action Plans in effect until the March 31, 2018 date should utilize the prior year’s benchmark of 6.7%.

The benchmark has steadily declined since its inception in 2014 and this year is the fourth reduction of the benchmark since it was first released.  This year’s drop of 0.3% is the largest single-year reduction of the benchmark and represents a 0.8% decrease since its high point in 2014.

The historical review of the annual national percentages as reported on OFCCP’s website is as follow:

Percentage Effective Date
From To
6.4 03/31/2018
6.7 03/31/2017 03/30/2018
6.9 03/04/2016 03/30/2017
7 04/21/2015 03/03/2016
7.2 03/24/2014 04/20/2015
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Laura A. Mitchell is a Principal in the Denver, Colorado, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is a member of the firm’s Affirmative Action and OFCCP Defense practice group as well as the firm’s Pay Equity Resource Group. She is also on the…

Laura A. Mitchell is a Principal in the Denver, Colorado, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is a member of the firm’s Affirmative Action and OFCCP Defense practice group as well as the firm’s Pay Equity Resource Group. She is also on the leadership team for the firm’s Government Contractor Industry Group.

Her practice is focused on representing government and non-government contractors in OFCCP matters, preparing for and defending OFCCP audits, and counseling employers on issues stemming from OFCCP regulations. Ms. Mitchell personally oversees the development of hundreds of AAPs each year and is intimately involved in the defense of numerous OFCCP audits. She also spends significant time counseling companies in connection with conducting pay equity analyses as well as government contractor employment obligations.

Ms. Mitchell is the editor and a principal contributor of The Affirmative Action Law Advisor blog and frequently presents on pay equity, affirmative action compliance, OFCCP enforcement trends, and government contractor obligations.

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