Federal contractors and subcontractors can now file their VETS-4212 Reports, breaking down their employment data for 2019. As a part of the United States Department of Labor (DOL), the Veteran Employment and Training Service (VETS) is in charge of the VETS-4212 filing.
While the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) delayed the EEO-1 filings due to COVID-19, nothing has changed for the VETS-4212 reports. The deadline for contractors to submit their information is September 30, 2020.
Employers required to complete the VETS-4212 Report need to provide information regarding the number of new hires and employees in their workplace who qualify as protected veterans. The obligation to report falls under VEVRAA, one of the laws enforced by OFCCP. Protected veterans can be defined in four ways:
These annual reports are vital for monitoring the effective affirmative action efforts in employing veterans and advancing them within their organizations. OFCCP also utilizes the data from the VETS-4212 Reports in compliance evaluations to ensure federal contractors are compliant. These are often referred to as OFCCP audits and may include reviews specific to VEVRAA regulations.
Contractors and subcontractors are encouraged to submit their forms electronically with the VETS-4212 Reporting Application online or through the batch filing process. They can also submit the report via U.S. mail or, preferably, by completing the form and submitting via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who choose to file through traditional mail may experience delays due to COVID-19-related social distancing measures. It is strongly recommended employers submit their reports electronically. If you need additional information or have questions, visit the FAQ section on the VETS-4212 page within the DOL website.
Should your organization need more in-depth assistance or guidance with your compliance efforts, you can connect with an expert at Circa today.