Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, VP, Client Services, Berkshire

SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services

Recent Posts

What OFCCP Wants: Section 503 Audit and Reporting Requirements

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, VP, Client Services, Berkshire on September 20 2019

In August of 2018, OFCCP announced that future scheduling lists for compliance evaluations by the OFCCP would include reviews focused solely on compliance with Section 503, “to ensure that federal contractors fully comply with equal employment opportunity obligations and consider other best practices to increase employment of qualified individuals with disabilities”. In March 2019, when the next and most recent list of contractors scheduled for review was published, 500 of those reviews were Section 503 focused reviews. The agency has indicated that focused reviews will continue and the numbers will increase with future scheduling lists.

OFCCP Announces Town Hall for Academic Institutions

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, VP, Client Services, Berkshire on September 20 2019

OFCCP announced that they will hold a Town Hall meeting for Academic Institutions on October 23, 2019, from 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM in Washington DC. The session is open to the public for anyone to attend, however the main focus will be directly related to these organizations’ compliance with OFCCP requirements.

EEOC is Not Seeking Renewal of EEO-1 Component 2

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, VP, Client Services, Berkshire on September 13 2019

In an interesting twist in the ongoing saga about the collection of employee pay data by the federal government, the EEOC announced in a Federal Register Notice that it will not seek renewal of Component 2 of the EEO-1 Report under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). Importantly, this decision does not change the deadline for filing the 2017 and 2018 Component 2 data by September 30, 2019.

Breaking News - Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta Resigns

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, VP, Client Services, Berkshire on July 12 2019

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced his resignation after receiving unwanted attention regarding his 2008 treatment of the case against Jeffrey Epstein, when Acosta was a US attorney in Southern Florida. 

New Award Announced to Recognize Best Employment Practices for Individuals with Disabilities

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, VP, Client Services, Berkshire on July 11 2019

The OFCCP is accepting applications for a new award program for federal contractors. The Excellence in Disability Inclusion Award is a joint effort by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

OFCCP Revises Proposed Changes to Scheduling Letters

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, VP, Client Services, Berkshire on July 4 2019

After the first round of comments, OFCCP recently published revisions to proposed updates to the scheduling letters, opening another 30-day comment period before any revisions will be finalized.  OFCCP originally proposed changes to the scheduling letters in April with comments received through June 11. The revisions incorporate changes made as a result of comments to the initial proposals, several coming from Berkshire Associates. Comments from the public for these versions are due by July 29.

OFCCP Proposes Compliance Checks for Construction Contractors

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, VP, Client Services, Berkshire on April 15 2019

Continuing its focus of ensuring the agency is covering all types of government contractors’ compliance with their affirmative action obligations, OFCCP has proposed to conduct compliance checks for construction contractors with direct federal contracts and federally assisted contracts. Comments on the proposal are due June 7, 2019.

It’s Here! The OFCCP Releases its FY2019 Scheduling List

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, VP, Client Services, Berkshire on March 25 2019

The OFCCP has published the FY2019 Supply and Services Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL) on its website. As mentioned previously, OFCCP will not send courtesy letters to contractors that the agency plans to review, prior to sending the scheduling letter. OFCCP has instead posted the list of 3,500 planned reviews. 

OFCCP Announces Plans for Next CSAL Notification

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, VP, Client Services, Berkshire on February 26 2019

The OFCCP announced its plan to post the next Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL) in its FOIA Library in mid-to-late March. This will be the only notification to contractors as there are no plans to send mail notifications to establishments on the list. Contractors are strongly encouraged to subscribe to the OFCCP’s email updates prior to March. Use the link here to sign up.

Do you know SAM? If not, you should!

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, VP, Client Services, Berkshire on December 27 2018

Although it’s not entirely clear how the agency plans to do so, OFCCP has stated its intention to identify contractors who fail to certify their Affirmative Action compliance for audit review. This certification is currently required as part of the Government Services Administration (GSA) System for Awards Management (SAM). Every organization who does, or wants to do business with the federal government is required to register their company information on SAM. As part of the registration, the company representative must attest to several requirements. One attestation is that the company either has developed an AAP, has AAPs on file or they are not required to have an AAP.