NT Lakis attorneys have filed written comments with the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS) in response to that agency’s proposed regulations to implement a new Congressional recognition program for employers that take exemplary steps to hire, recruit, and retain veterans.

Our comments on DOL-VETS’ proposal to implement the HIRE Vets Medallion Award program created by Congress earlier this year focus exclusively on that section in the proposed regulations that would exclude from award eligibility employers with loosely defined labor law violations. While we acknowledge that an employer should be excluded from award eligibility if it is not committed to complying with federal law governing veterans’ employment, we express concern that DOL-VETS has proposed exclusionary criteria that could end up screening out exemplary employers based simply on technical or minor violations, including perhaps violations of laws totally unrelated to veteran hiring, recruitment, and retention.

Members of the Center for Workplace Compliance (CWC) can read more here.