Submitted by: Michael Padgett, Attorney at Law

In an update to last month’s IndySHRM newsletter, the United States Department of Labor has announced that the electronic filing system used by federal contractors to submit VETS-100 and VETS-100A forms will not be available until October 1, 2011. Although the Department previously expected to begin accepting electronic submissions on August 1, 2011, technical issues are preventing contractors from filing online. Accordingly, the Department is extending the filing deadline to November 30, 2011. The Department will not initiate enforcement actions against contractors for failure to file as long as the contractors file a report between October 1 and November 30.

Covered federal contractors must file reports with the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service. These reports contain information on the number of covered veterans in the employer’s workforce, as well as the number of covered veterans hired during the 12-month period preceding the date of completion of the report.

While single-establishment employers may file single VETS 100/100A reports, multi-establishment employers generally must file VETS-100/100A reports for each separate hiring establishment of at least 50 employees, and either file a separate VETS-100/100A form for each hiring location employing fewer than 50 employees or consolidated reports that cover hiring locations within one state that have fewer than 50 employees.

Employers must use employment data from any one payroll period ending between July 1st and August 31st of the current year. Sample VETS-100/100A report forms are available from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service at: http://www.dol.gov/vets/programs/fcp/main.htm.