DOL Announces New Vet Hiring Recognition Program

The federal Department of Labor has plans to establish the HIRE Vets Medallion Program.  Created under the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act), the program will provide recognition to employers who recruit, retain and employ veterans.  Recognition will be given to small, medium and large employers at two levels:  the Gold HIRE Vets Medallion Award and the Platinum HIRE Vets Medallion Award.  Award criteria will include the percentage of employees who are veterans; the percentage of veteran employees who are retained; the establishment of veterans’ assistance and training programs; the employment of dedicated HR professionals for veterans; and income and tuition support for veterans.
The DOL plans to solicit, verify, and review award applications from employers on an annual basis.  HIRE Vets Medallion Awards will be presented in celebration of Veterans Day.