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.
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.
RECORDED: August 2019
If you didn't get a chance to view the live webinar from Berkshire’s Managing Consultant, Sonia Chapin...now's your chance. Recently, Sonia teamed up with our friends at America's Job Exchange to present a FREE webinar on tackling the outreach requirement.
In the video, you'll receive insights on what qualifies as outreach to targeted groups such as veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Implementing two items under the pillar of Transparency, the OFCCP has announced the placement of an Ombudsman and released a Compliance Portal.
OFCCP has announced a new Ombudsman, Marcus Stergio. Director Leen issued a Directive establishing this position in September 2018, and the Ombudsman will serve as a liaison between contractors and the agency. His office will ensure that OFCCP is acting according to the agency’s legal authorities, policies, and procedures while also improving effectiveness of internal OFCCP operations. Marcus holds a Masters degree in conflict resolution and has worked as an administrator of the dispute resolution process for multi-national organizations.
Join Berkshire Associates expert Sonia Chapin, SPHR, CCP, Managing Consultant, as she explains what qualifies as outreach to targeted groups such as Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. Sonia will cover what recruiting activity counts toward the requirement, what documentation you should have in place and the evaluation of outreach activity. With an increased focus on outreach requirements in current reviews, now is the time to join us for insights to help you get the process right.
RECORDED: August 2019
Berkshire’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, Lynn Clements, presented a FREE webinar on what we learned from the OFCCP and EEOC at the 2019 ILG National Conference.
In this webinar, entitled, Affirmative Action and EEO Compliance in a Changing World: Lessons Learned from the 2019 ILG National Conference Lynn shares important takeaways from keynotes, panel discussions, and workshops from the conference.
OFCCP recently released a new webpage aimed at providing compliance assistance documents to contractors. This page was developed as a result of the OFCCP town hall meetings and includes an OFCCP overview brochure, which introduces the agency and its enforcement approach to contractors. There is a “what to expect” document, which outlines items the agency expects from contractors as well as the rights contractors have when interfacing with the agency in a compliance review or investigation.
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently released newly established FAQs defining practical significance. This calculation relates to analyzing personnel activity and employment opportunity decisions during a specified time period. The agency has identified practical significance as an additional consideration in discrimination cases based on statistical evidence.