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H.Con.Res. 53: Providing for a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 244.

The text of the bill below is as of May 3, 2017 (Passed the House).


IV

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. CON. RES. 53

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Providing for a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 244.

That in the enrollment of the bill H.R. 244, the Clerk of the House of Representatives shall make the following corrections:

(1)

Amend the long title so as to read: Making appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, and for other purposes.

(2)

Strike the first section 1 immediately following the enacting clause and all that follows through Sec. 4. Display of Award.

(3)

In the table of contents for the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, strike Division N—Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2017 and insert the following:

Division N—Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017

Division O—Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2017

(4)

Insert immediately before It is unlawful for any employer to publicly display a HIRE Vets Medallion Award the following:

O

Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2017

1.

Short title

This division may be cited as the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2017 or the HIRE Vets Act.

2.

HIRE Vets Medallion Award program

(a)

Program Established

Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Labor shall establish, by rule, a HIRE Vets Medallion Program to solicit voluntary information from employers for purposes of recognizing, by means of an award to be designated a HIRE Vets Medallion Award, verified efforts by such employers—

(1)

to recruit, employ, and retain veterans; and

(2)

to provide community and charitable services supporting the veteran community.

(b)

Application Process

Beginning in the calendar year following the calendar year in which the Secretary establishes the program, the Secretary shall annually—

(1)

solicit and accept voluntary applications from employers in order to consider whether those employers should receive a HIRE Vets Medallion Award;

(2)

review applications received in each calendar year; and

(3)

notify such recipients of their awards; and

(4)

at a time to coincide with the annual commemoration of Veterans Day—

(A)

announce the names of such recipients;

(B)

recognize such recipients through publication in the Federal Register; and

(C)

issue to each such recipient—

(i)

a HIRE Vets Medallion Award of the level determined under section 3; and

(ii)

a certificate stating that such employer is entitled to display such HIRE Vets Medallion Award.

(c)

Timing

(1)

Solicitation period

The Secretary shall solicit applications not later than January 31st of each calendar year for the Awards to be awarded in November of that calendar year.

(2)

End of acceptance period

The Secretary shall stop accepting applications not earlier than April 30th of each calendar year for the Awards to be awarded in November of that calendar year.

(3)

Review period

The Secretary shall finish reviewing applications not later than August 31st of each calendar year for the Awards to be awarded in November of that calendar year.

(4)

Selection of recipients

The Secretary shall select the employers to receive HIRE Vets Medallion Awards not later than September 30th of each calendar year for the Awards to be awarded in November of that calendar year.

(5)

Notice to recipients

The Secretary shall notify employers who will receive HIRE Vets Medallion Awards not later than October 11th of each calendar year for the Awards to be awarded in November of that calendar year.

(d)

Limitation

An employer who receives a HIRE Vets Medallion Award for one calendar year is not eligible to receive a HIRE Vets Medallion Award for the subsequent calendar year.

3.

Selection of recipients

(a)

Application review process

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall review all applications received in a calendar year to determine whether an employer should receive a HIRE Vets Medallion Award, and, if so, of what level.

(2)

Application contents

The Secretary shall require that all applications provide information on the programs and other efforts of applicant employers during the calendar year prior to that in which the medallion is to be awarded, including the categories and activities governing the level of award for which the applicant is eligible under subsection (b).

(3)

Verification

The Secretary shall verify all information provided in the applications, to the extent that such information is relevant in determining whether or not an employer should receive a HIRE Vets Medallion Award or in determining the appropriate level of HIRE Vets Medallion Award for that employer to receive, including by requiring the chief executive officer or the chief human relations officer of the employer to attest under penalty of perjury that the employer has met the criteria described in subsection (b) for a particular level of Award.

(b)

Awards

(1)

Large employers

(A)

In general

The Secretary shall establish 2 levels of HIRE Vets Medallion Awards to be awarded to employers employing 500 or more employees, to be designated the Gold HIRE Vets Medallion Award and the Platinum HIRE Vets Medallion Award.

(B)

Gold HIRE Vets Medallion Award

No employer shall be eligible to receive a Gold HIRE Vets Medallion Award in a given calendar year unless—

(i)

veterans constitute not less than 7 percent of all employees hired by such employer during the prior calendar year;

(ii)

such employer has retained not less than 75 percent of the veteran employees hired during the calendar year preceding the preceding calendar year for a period of at least 12 months from the date on which the employees were hired;

(iii)

such employer has established an employee veteran organization or resource group to assist new veteran employees with integration, including coaching and mentoring; and

(iv)

such employer has established programs to enhance the leadership skills of veteran employees during their employment.

(C)

Platinum HIRE Vets Medallion Award

No employer shall be eligible to receive a Platinum HIRE Vets Medallion Award in a given calendar year unless—

(i)

the employer meets all the requirements for eligibility for a Gold HIRE Vets Medallion Award under subparagraph (B);

(ii)

veterans constitute not less than 10 percent of all employees hired by such employer during the prior calendar year;

(iii)

such employer has retained not less than 85 percent of the veteran employees hired during the calendar year preceding the preceding calendar year for a period of at least 12 months from the date on which the employees were hired;

(iv)

such employer employs dedicated human resources professionals to support hiring and retention of veteran employees, including efforts focused on veteran hiring and training;

(v)

such employer provides each of its employees serving on active duty in the United States National Guard or Reserve with compensation sufficient, in combination with the employee’s active duty pay, to achieve a combined level of income commensurate with the employee’s salary prior to undertaking active duty; and

(vi)

such employer has a tuition assistance program to support veteran employees’ attendance in postsecondary education during the term of their employment.

(D)

Exemption for smaller employers

An employer shall be deemed to meet the requirements of subparagraph (C)(iv) if such employer—

(i)

employs 5,000 or fewer employees; and

(ii)

employs at least one human resources professional whose regular work duties include those described under subparagraph (C)(iv).

(E)

Additional criteria

The Secretary may provide, by rule, additional criteria with which to determine qualifications for receipt of each level of HIRE Vets Medallion Award.

(2)

Small- and medium-sized employers

The Secretary shall establish similar awards in order to recognize achievements in supporting veterans by—

(A)

employers with 50 or fewer employees; and

(B)

employers with more than 50 but fewer than 500 employees.

(c)

Design by Secretary

The Secretary shall establish the shape, form, and design of each HIRE Vets Medallion Award, except that the Award shall be in the form of a certificate and shall state the year for which it was awarded.

4.

Display of award

.

(5)

In section 5(b) of division O, strike Act and insert division.

(6)

In section 6 of division O, strike Act and insert division.

(7)

In section 8 of division O, strike Act and insert division.

Passed the House of Representatives May 3, 2017.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk.