The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced that federal contractors will not be cited for filing their VETS-4212 reports late—as long as they are filed by November 15, 2017. The DOL has made the change in another attempt to accommodate those who have been affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The notice, which took the form of a message on the agency’s VETS-4212 portal entitled, “NOTICE: Impact from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma,” states:

NOTICE: In order to accommodate the needs of those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Federal contractors who file their VETS-4212 Reports by November 15, 2017 will not be cited for failure to file a timely Report or failure to comply with Federal regulations.

The VETS 4212 reports, which contactors are required to file to report annually on their affirmative action efforts in employing veterans, is still due on September 30. However, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will not cite contractors for filing late as long as they file their reports by November 15.

Contractors should note that the additional time to file the veterans report is available to all federal contractors, regardless of whether they have been affected by the hurricanes.