Deadline for VETS Report Delayed Again

October 28, 2011

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that the electronic filing system used by federal contractors to submit VETS-100 and VETS-100A forms will not be available until Nov. 1, 2011. Technology issues are preventing contractors from filing online. The department had delayed opening the online filing system for 60 days-from Aug. 1, 2011, to Oct. 1, 2011-but these issues have not been resolved. The department now anticipates the system to be online Nov. 1, 2011. Accordingly, the department is extending the filing deadline to Dec. 30, 2011. The DOL encourages contractors to submit the reports online at http://webapps.dol.gov/vets100 after November 1, 2011. However, mailed reports and properly formatted disk submissions are also acceptable. The department will not initiate enforcement actions against contractors for failure to file as long as the contractors file a report between Nov. 1 and Dec. 30.

The VETS-100/100A reporting requirement requires covered federal contractors to file reports with the DOL's 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 these reports for each separate hiring establishment of at least 50 employees, and must file either a separate VETS-100/100A form for each hiring location employing fewer than 50 employees or consolidated reports covering all hiring locations within a state that have fewer than 50 employees.

Should you have questions about these reports or need assistance in preparing VETS reports or an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP), contact us at www.sescomgt.com or by phone at 423-764-4127.