As directed by the HIRE Vets Act President Trump recently signed, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is establishing a program to reward employers who hire veterans and who support the veteran community. Gold and Platinum HIRE Vets Medallion awards will be available for large employers, and similar awards will be created for small and mid-sized employers. Criteria for receiving these awards include the percentage of employees who are veterans; percentage of veteran employees who are retained; establishment of veterans’ assistance and training programs; employment of dedicated human resources professionals for veterans; and income and tuition support for veterans.

The DOL also will solicit, verify and review award applications from employers on an annual basis. Awards will be presented in celebration of Veteran’s Day.