NLx and Veterans' - Compliance
The Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) requires covered federal contractors and subcontractors to list their employment openings with the "appropriate employment service-delivery system"(wherever Wagner-Peyser funding exists).
In practical terms, this means jobs must reach American Job Center staff assigned to ensure priority referral to protected veterans. This includes Employment Services (ES) staff, Disabled Veterans Outreach Program specialists (DVOPs), Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVERs) and/or State Workforce Agency Job Banks. The NLx feed is an approved and accepted delivery method of job openings from covered federal contractors and subcontractors to states with a formal signed NLx agreement. States can use the NLx return receipt and VetCental tools to provide proof of job listing and posting to OFCCP auditors.
What is VEVRAA?
VEVRAA prohibits employment discrimination against specified categories of veterans by covered Federal Government contractors and subcontractors. VEVRAA also requires these federal contractors and subcontractors to take affirmative action to advance the employment of veterans. Protected veterans include: (1) disabled veterans; (2) veterans who have separated from the military within the past three years (recently separated veterans); (3) veterans who received an Armed Forces service medal while on active duty; and (4) veterans who served in active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge was authorized.
What is "Return Receipt?"
All member states that download and upload daily NLx content can participate in return receipt. After receiving and processing the daily feed, states participating in "return receipt" send a file back to DirectEmployers. This file - the "return receipt" - includes all the jobs that have been posted to their state job bank. DirectEmployers uses this information to create individualized employer reports for their member companies. Selected state staff can also access return receipt information to respond to requests from OFCCP auditors seeking proof of job listing and posting.
What is VetCentral?
VetCentral, an NLx email alert system, places jobs from all federal contractors directly in the hands of local area workforce staff. This helps the state workforce system better meet its own priority of service requirements, in accordance with VEVRAA and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The NLx team maintains a robust list of the local area/state-designated addresses and contact information. VetCentral includes a reporting tool which allows state agencies to provide job listing requirement verification to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), when requested. For states that already take the automated NLx jobs download, the emails function as a reminder that has been added to the state job bank. Some American Job Center/One Stop staff directly forward the VetCentral emails to veteran customers.
To register to receive VetCentral emails, click here.
For more information about return receipt and VetCentral, contact Emma Northcott, NLx Program Analyst
State Contacts for OFCCP Compliance Audits
NASWA has created a list of state workforce agency points of contact for OFCCP compliance auditors to use during audits. This list is updated regularly and serves to facilitate a more effective compliance audit process for states, OFCCP and employers. The list is available to NASWA members and can be accessed by clicking the "Contacts List" icon below. To add or edit information on this list, contact Emma Northcott, NLx Program Analyst