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DOL unveils new initiatives.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has two initiatives aimed at promoting the hiring of veterans and protecting the rights of applicants with disabilities: The Good Faith Initiative for Veterans Employment (G-FIVE), and Ensuring the Accessibility of Online Application Systems.

G-FIVE recognizes federal contractors for their efforts in employing and advancing covered veterans and creates an incentive for them to hire veterans.

"G-FIVE also strengthens partnerships between OFCCP and veterans groups and other agencies," says Victoria Lipnic, assistant secretary of labor for employment standards.

The second initiative is designed to ensure that federal contractors and subcontractors provide equal opportunity to qualified applicants with disabilities--including veterans--to compete for jobs when using an online application system. Electronic job application systems must be accessible to and usable by people with disabilities or the contractor must provide a reasonable accommodation that results in an equal opportunity to compete for a job.

The directives outlining these new initiatives, along with frequently asked questions, are available at www.dol.gov/esa/ofccp/index.htm

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