Veteran Labor

War veterans have long complained of the difficulties they encounter after returning to the U.S. when they finish serving.

Today, these complains continue and are being heard by the Department of Labor, who is currently trying to improve the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA). This act was made in the Vietnam-era, and was designed to ensure that most of the returning soldiers be able to get jobs.

This same act, however, is the part of the problem, veterans say. While on paper it looks good, veterans say that these laws aren’t being enforced properly by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance, a branch in the Department of Labor that, in the words of Rick Weidman, executive director for the Vietnam Veterans of America, “has long had the (justified) reputation of being a moribund agency within the Department of Labor who did little, if anything, to help anyone, much less veterans.”

The proposed changes by the Department of Labor can be found here. Some of the changes include requiring contracting companies to keep better data about veterans applying for jobs and hiring rates, increasing recruitment and ramping up outreach efforts to veterans.


Arizona V.S. MRSA

Recently, Arizona made a change to its laws regarding workers being exposed to Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (popularly known to us mortals as MRSA). To put it simply, MRSA is a particularly dangerous bacterium that makes some infections in humans notably hard to treat.

The changes involve the amount of time a worker has to report an exposure. Previously, a worker had a maximum of 10 days to bring a claim of exposure. After this change, effective in August, employees now have a total of 30 days to file a report.

In addition, the time limit for a worker to receive a diagnosis for MRSA has been upped to 15 days, from 2 to 10.