The Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act


The Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act requires employers with federal contracts or subcontracts of $10,000 or more to hire and promote individuals who served in the military during the Vietnam era for 180 or more days. The Vietnam Era covers the years 1964-1991. Employees who enlist in the United States Armed Forces or who are in the active reserves or National Guard are also afforded job protection under this Act. The law also covers any person discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability or who is entitled to compensation under the laws administered by the Veterans Administration. The Act has also been extended to cover harassment in the workplace on the basis of military status and failure to provide reasonable accommodation. In addition, employers of 50 or more employees with federal contracts or subcontracts of $50,000 or more are required to develop Affirmative Action programs for hiring, training and promoting veterans who are considered "Special Disabled" or who were on active duty for at least 180 days during the Vietnam War period. Special Disabled Veterans are individuals who were released from active duty due to a service-related disability or who have sustained a service-related disability of at least 30 percent. The Affirmative Action requirements and enforcement of this Act are similar to those under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Individuals should direct questions on relevant issues to the local Veterans Employment Region Manager of the Veterans Employment Service.





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