In a Federal Register notice dated October 3, 2019, the OFCCP announced that it is proposing changes to the voluntary self-identification form all federal contractors and subcontractors are required to use when inviting applicants and employees to self-identify their disability status.
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 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.
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has announced the addition of a new feature to their Contractor Assistance Portal. This newly added feature will provide a way for contractors to post questions and share knowledge among contractors. OFCCP hopes the topics feature will encourage conversation among stakeholders and allow contractors to learn from other contractors as they can have helpful experience and tips.
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.
This week, just in time for back to school, OFCCP released three new initiatives with a student related focus. The first is a set of FAQs for those organizations that have multi-building establishments that are campus-like in nature such as universities, hospitals, and larger companies. The FAQs say that these types of organizations may have a single AAP or multiple AAPs depending on a variety of factors. Contractors should consider the following when determining if their campus should have one or more AAPs.
While many companies are focused on filing their EEO-1 Component 2 reports by the September 30th deadline, for some federal contractors, there is also the annual requirement for the VETS 4212 report to be filed by that date.
RECORDED: August 2019
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