Labor Department invites input to advance HIRE award agenda

The Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) officials recently published proposed criteria and solicited public comment for its HIRE Vets Medallion Program, which recognizes employers who hire veterans.

The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act) went into effect in May and will inform the initiative, the Labor Department said.

“Veterans have a proven ability to lead under pressure and deliver results,” Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said. “The veteran unemployment rate in July was a low 3.5 percent; yet 356,000 veterans are still looking for work. The HIRE Vets Medallion will recognize employers who hire our nation’s heroes, and encourage others to follow suit.”

The department’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeks to define standards and procedure for rendering employers eligible for the honor. The program would also establish award levels for small, medium and large businesses respectively.

To submit public comments on the NPRM online, visit the Federal eRulemaking Portal or send comments in writing to Randall Smith at the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S-1325, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20210.

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