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Department of Labor Announces New Regulations to Improve Disability & Veteran Hiring

And now for something completely different…let’s switch to hard news. Vice President Joe Biden recently announced two new rules regarding the advancement in hiring for veterans and individuals with disabilities. They will take effect in approximately 180 days.

The Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act will essentially ensure potential workers will have meaningful opportunities to get jobs they’re qualified for and will keep them as well.

What’s different about these rules in particular is that they provide metrics to keep employers accountable as it relates to equal opportunity for these two groups of candidates.

Per the notice we received, here are the regulations:

  • The VEVRAA rule requires contractors to establish an annual hiring benchmark, either based on the national percentage of veterans in the workforce (currently 8%), or based on the best available data and factors unique to their establishments.
  • The Section 503 rule establishes an aspirational 7% utilization goal for the employment of individuals with disabilities.
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Gibbs To Step Down As Press Secretary After SOTU

Robert Gibbs is stepping down as the chief spokesman for the White House after Obama delivers his State of the Union address, Fox News reports.

He will serve as an outside adviser to the president and give speeches and make TV appearances on President Obama’s behalf, though he will no longer be the official face of the administration.

“What I’m going to do next is step back a little bit, recharge some,” he said.

A search for Gibbs’ replacement is underway; leading contenders include deputy press secretaries Bill Burton and Josh Earnest and Joe Biden‘s spokesman Jay Carney.