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General Guidance

Fair Labor Standards & Federal Opines

Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) concludes that "active-duty Service members who participate in the SkillBridge program would not be covered by the FLSA, the Davis-Bacon Act, the SCA, and the CWHSSA. As emphasized throughout, these aforementioned statutes were not intended to prevent potential businesses like yours from participating in the SkillBridge program by providing on-the-job training opportunities and instruction at a place and in a manner which would most benefit Service members who will soon be leaving the military. To find otherwise would be a disservice to those who serve our country in uniform."

Department of Labor Opinion Letter: Jurisdictional inquiry concerning whether businesses participating in the Department of Defense's SkillBridge Program constitute federal contractors for the purposes of Executive Order 11246, as amended (E.O. 11246); Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Section 503), 29 U.S.C. § 793; and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended (VEVRAA), 38 U.S.C. § 4212.

*All SkillBridge participants should also be familiar with the DOD Standards of Conduct Office (SOCO) guidance for seeking employment and gift acceptance (available at and adhere to service specific ethics standards. For ethics related questions, he or she should consult with his or her command's designated ethics counselor, contact a Regional Legal Service Office (RLSO) legal assistance attorney, or refer to his or her Office of General Counsel (OGC) for guidance.

Updated March 22, 2024