Sean P. Beiter, Co-Chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, was interviewed by the Buffalo Law Journal on new regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs requiring federal contractors to take steps to hire a minimum number of military veterans and disabled workers.
“The new regulations are designed to get employers to eliminate perceived barriers in their minds while going through the hiring process,” Sean said. “The changes are being welcomed by advocates for veterans and the disabled that work with employers to help include people with disabilities and veterans in their workforce.”
Sean told the Law Journal that construction industry employers should pay particular attention to the changes, as they stand to be impacted the most.
“Construction contractors are now required to gather and track additional information at the applicant stage of the process, as opposed to the new-hire stage, in order to properly document what they are doing to meet the seven percent utilization goal for individuals with disabilities. It is going to require more from any construction contractor with a federal contract or subcontract, after going years under different compliance requirements for affirmative action.”
Sean noted that the future may bring additional changes to federal hiring regulations.
“I think there will come a time that the regulations for age requirements and restrictions and federal protection based on sexual orientation will be reviewed. I do not know what type of time frame we are looking at with both of those, but eventually I can see both being revisited for possible changes and revisions.”