Serving in the military is more than just a commitment for those who serve on the front line, it is a commitment for their families as well. Military spouses are often subject to the ebbs and flow of the serving spouses’ assignments which often leaves them constantly looking for new employment.
Just in time for Halloween, OFCCP has been busy with what some may think are scary activities. Contractors with locations on the latest CSAL list are beginning to receive the initial phone calls to schedule their compliance reviews. The scheduling letters were said to start being mailed out on October 22, 2018.
On Monday, Craig Leen, Acting Director of OFCCP, issued a National Exemption (NIE) Memorandum to federal contracting agencies notifying them to grant a limited exemption to new supply and service or construction contracts specifically created to provide Hurricane Michael relief. This relief effort is similar to what was done with new federal contracts to provide relief for Hurricane Florence last month.
It is almost time for the decennial census. While this survey of the American population is no longer used specifically in Affirmative Action Plans, some area of controversy surrounding the Census may make their way into the requirements for federal contractors—or at least for employers as the workforce continues to become more diverse. While this post discusses possible changes, it’s important to note nothing is final as of this writing, as at least six lawsuits are currently challenging the 2020 census form.
Continuing its torrent of recent activity aimed at increasing federal contractor voluntary compliance with affirmative action obligations, the OFCCP announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Industry Liaison Group (NILG). In making the announcement, OFCCP stated, “At OFCCP we have learned that, before we can achieve broader compliance success, first we need to up the level of trust, communication, and education we provide to contractors.”
A final rule implementing Executive Order (EO) 13838 was issued this week by the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor. EO 13838 provides exemptions for some federal contracts that were established under EO 13658 “Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors.”
Over the last two months the OFCCP has announced a series of new directives impacting the way in which federal contractors interact with the agency. From a new directive about how the agency will examine compensation discrimination to another announcing focused compliance reviews to new directives geared towards maximizing the success of compliance assistance outreach for federal contractors, a lot has happened at the OFCCP since Acting Director Craig Leen took over in August 2018.
What do you do when faced with applicant data challenges? Beth Ronnenburg, President of Berkshire, will present real-life scenarios related to managing unusual or challenging applicant situations to participants in an interactive presentation Inspired by the popular television series, “What Would You Do?” At the North Texas ILG meeting on Thursday, November 15, 2018, Beth will explore the different ways of managing situations such as evergreen requisitions, working with temporary staffing agencies, or using data management techniques.
September 26 Update: OFCCP has relased an updated verison of the list that corrects the city and state issue. No word on if this update resets the 45 day notice provided when the letters were first mailed on September 7. Contractors are encouraged to review the revised list to determine if any locations are on it, however, it does not appear any new locations are included.
In the latest demonstration of agency commitment to transparency, OFCCP made the 2017 and 2018 Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letter (CSAL) lists public this week. Contractors should review the lists to determine which of their facilities will be audited by OFCCP in the coming months.