A proposed law would require businesses with government contracts to increase hiring of military veterans and the disabled, many of whom have a difficult time getting hired.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is considering a new provision that aims have a minimum percentage of workers at manufacturers, IT firms and consutruction’s staff be either disabled individuals or veterans.
While some applauded the proposal, certain business organizations, like the Associated General Contractors of America, say that the new regulations could hurt operations.
"From our point of view, we see these both as quotas," said Brian Turmail, spokesman for the contractor's group, in an interview with the source. "If you don't meet the goal, you could be debarred from doing business with the federal government." Some private-sector firms are making efforts to increase the hiring of veterans by working teaming up with nonprofit organizations.
In May, Walmart teamed up with Goodwill in conjunction with Operation: Good Jobs to help increase employment of veterans in both Texas and Washington state.
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