Increase in Suspensions and Debarments Among Federal Contractors

Posted by Katie Johnson, PHR, SHRM-CP, HR Consultant on January 14 2020

Happy New Year! As they close out 2019, the Department of Labor continues to release statistics on their previous year. One of these statistics is the number of suspensions and debarments of federal contractors in 2019. Suspensions and Debarments prohibit companies from doing business with the federal government – Suspensions are typically temporary, while a full investigation is being performed, and debarments usually last three years.

The What, Who, Why, How and When of Functional Affirmative Action Plans

Posted by Kristen N. Johnson, MS, MBA, SHRM-SCP on January 7 2020

Previously, OFCCP issued a directive updating the creation and maintenance of Functional Affirmative Action Plans (FAAP). FAAPs are available for use in lieu of establishment (location based) based AAPs.

2020 Data for Affirmative Action Plans

Posted by Lauren Buerger, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant, Berkshire on January 3 2020

It’s a new year and a new decade, and for many contractors, that also means it’s time to gather your data for a new AAP! Here are some recommendations to make sure your data is as clean and accurate as possible before submitting to Berkshire:

20 Years of Service: Testimony of a Lifelong Customer

Posted by Becca Pipitone, Marketing Communications Specialist, Berkshire Associates on December 6 2019

There’s a lot to be said for a long-lasting customer relationship. Marge Sachs’ relationship with Berkshire has spanned two decades and jobs at three different companies — and we like to think that says a lot about our relationship. 

As senior director of human resources at Emergent BioSolutions, Sachs responsibilities include managing the affirmative action plans and working through HR compliance matters. She says she relies heavily on Berkshire for information and support. “Out of all the years I’ve worked alongside Berkshire, I’ve never been let down,” she says. 

OFCCP releases VEVRAA Focused Review Scheduling List

Posted by Rachel Rubino, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on November 8 2019

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released a scheduling list that includes the establishments that will be scheduled for focused reviews to evaluate their compliance with the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Act (VEVRAA). This list contains 500 establishments and is a supplement to the scheduling list first released on March 25, 2019 that included 3,500 establishments to be scheduled for compliance reviews, Section 503 focused reviews, compliance checks, Functional AAP reviews, or Corporate Management Compliance Evaluations.

FREE Webinar - OFCCP’s Educational Institutions Technical Assistance Guide – A Practical Interpretation

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

Recorded on November 7, 2019,  Berkshire's Higher Education Consulting Specialists Sybil Randolph, Julie Dominguez, and Michiko Clark breakdown the OFCCP’s Educational Institutions Technical Assistance Guide and how this guide may impact decisions regarding your AAP.  

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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.

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.

OFCCP's Back to School Themed Initiatives

Posted by Suzanne Keys, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant on September 6 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.

View Video - Tackling the Outreach Requirement for AAP with Insights from Sonia Chapin, SPHR, CCP

Posted by Becca Pipitone, Marketing Communications Specialist, Berkshire Associates on August 23 2019

RECORDED: August 2019

If you didn't get a chance to view the live webinar from Berkshire’s Managing Consultant, Sonia'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.