Two new rules affecting the implementation of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (“VEVRAA”), governing protected veterans, and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act (“Section 503”), governing persons with disabilities were published in the Federal Register on September 24, 2013. The rules become effective on March 24, 2014 and federal contractors and subcontractors must largely come into compliance with the rules by that date. Contractors with affirmative action programs in place on March 24, 2014 may maintain them until the end of the current plan year, delaying compliance with only the affirmative action requirements of the new rules until the start of the next plan year.
Last Friday, the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued the long-awaited final rule implementing provisions of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (“Jobs Act”) pertaining to small business size and status integrity. The new rule, while softened from the proposed rule, implements a strict standard with wide-ranging consequences for contractors representing their size or status under the System for Award Management (“SAM”) database or submitting a proposal under a solicitation reserved or intended for small businesses or businesses participating in SBA programs. The new rule becomes effective on August 27, 2013.