Finding a job is one of the most important parts of transitioning from active duty to civilian life, but doing so can sometimes be difficult, especially for wounded or disabled veterans. In an effort to make the process a bit easier, the Department of Labor is considering implementing some new rules. The new regulations would require government contractors to set a goal of having at least 7 percent of their workforce comprised of disabled workers and 8 percent made up of veterans, Stars and Stripes reported.
The new rules might have a significant impact on veterans' employment because government contractors employ about 20 percent of the nation's workforce – approximately 16 million people. However, the move has not been without its critics. Specifically, some say it conflicts with already existing regulations that bar interviewers from asking about an applicant's disability. Still, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez believes it could be good for both employers and wounded vets.
"To create opportunity, we need to strengthen our civil rights laws and make sure they have the intended effect," he told the news source recently.
Unemployment for disabled workers stands at about 14.7 percent, but recent efforts from the federal government have helped bring down the rate among veterans. In July, the rate for post-9/11 vets was about 7.7 percent.