Thinking back on the last year, 2018 was one for the books. Since OFCCP Director Craig Leen took office, OFCCP has made numerous changes that could affect compliance efforts for federal contractors.
The OFCCP is offering targeted compliance assistance to the contractor community for those organizations in the high-tech industry. These meetings will be a town hall set up and are open to the public. The OFCCP website recommends that the subject matter will be of particular interest to Human Resources Managers, Equal Employment Opportunity Specialists, Compliance Officers, and others in the technology industry who are directly involved with ensuring compliance according to the agency’s requirements.
It’s that time of year again. OFCCP is getting ready to release their next list of contractors who will be subjected to a compliance review in fiscal year 2019. The agency has indicated they intend to increase the number of audits this fiscal year to 3,500. These audits may consist of compliance evaluations, compliance checks, and focused reviews. This is the first time the since fiscal year 2014 that the OFCCP has planned to schedule more than 3,000 audits.
Today the EEOC announced that the website used for filing the EEO-1s will be open in early March. The delay in opening the website is due to the partial government shutdown that affected the EEOC.
When I signed up to write this blog I thought we would all be preparing for the 2018 EEO-1 filing season. Instead, the EEOC is closed during the partial federal government shutdown. Therefore, we do not have any new news about the filing. However, we have some suggestions as you prepare for filing the 2018 reports after the EEO-1 website is up and running again.
Duration: 60 minutes
Recorded: January 2019
Presenter: Beth Ronnenburg, President of Berkshire Associates
View this free webinar hosted by Berkshire Associates and DirectEmployers as Beth Ronnenburg, President of Berkshire Associates, reviews OFCCP changes and their impact on the contractor community.
Despite the churning of the contractor community rumor mill, the Department of Labor has not been impacted by the current government shutdown. The agency received funding earlier in the year so normal operations remain unaffected. Despite the partial shutdown, federal contractors can expect that current OFCCP audits will proceed as usual. While some agencies are closed, and non-essential employees are no longer reporting to work, OFCCP is open and the community should not expect any delays for current and upcoming OFCCP audits.
In February of 2018, we posted a prediction blog: What Can Federal Contractors Anticipate in OFCCP Audits? How did we do now that 2018 is coming to a close?
Prediction 1: “OFCCP… will surely be making some changes”
At the beginning of the year, Ondray Harris was OFCCP director and we expected him to make some considerable changes. He issued his first directive in February before stepping down from his position at the end of July. While many of OFCCP’s changes were started under Harris, the majority came to fruition once Acting Director (now Director) Craig Leen took the reins. Almost immediately after stepping into his new role in August, OFCCP issued a flurry of directives—a total of ten in four months! So, this prediction mostly came true: OFCCP made considerable changes, but they were implemented under a different director!
Craig Leen has moved from Acting Director to Director of Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) as displayed on OFCCP’s website and confirmed by a Department of Labor spokeswoman. Mr. Leen has served as the Acting Director of OFCCP since August 2018. In the past few months, Director Leen has overseen the release of several directives and has shifted the agency towards conducting focused reviews. He has also identified four points of focus that will provide a road map for the agency’s movement in 2019: (1) transparency (2) certainty (3) efficiency, and (4) recognition. The year 2019 will be a year of changes for contractors under Director Leen – and Berkshire will keep you up to date on this blog. Subscribe today to stay updated!