Katrina Relief: U.S. Labor Department Exemption of Contractors from Written Affirmative Action Requirements [September 27, 2005] [open pdf - 28KB]
From the Document: "On September 9, 2005, the Employment Standards Administration (ESA) issued a memorandum to all federal contracting agencies waiving for a three-month period written affirmative action program, reporting, and notice requirements imposed by E.O. 11246 and related disability laws with respect to federal contracts for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Generally, regulations of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) under E.O. 11246 require federal contractors and subcontractors, with 50 or more employees, and contracts in excess of $50,000, to refrain from discrimination and to take affirmative action with respect to the employment of racial and ethnic minorities, women, and religious adherents. Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, requires contractors to take affirmative action and make reasonable accommodations in hiring qualified individuals with disabilities. The Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRA) requires employers with government contracts in excess of $100,000 or more to take affirmative action 'to employ and advance in employment' disabled veterans and qualified veterans of the Vietnam era."
CRS Report for Congress, RS22282
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