Berkshire Presents on Pay Equity and OFCCP Enforcement at SHRM19 Annual Conference in Vegas

Posted by Carla Pittman, Senior Manager, Berkshire Associates on June 20 2019

Does Providing Pell Grants Make Universities a Federal Contractor? OFCCP’s First Opinion Letter

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant on June 7 2019

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs recently issued the agency’s first opinion letter, as promised by Directive 2018-08. Opinion letters are to serve as guidance on specific topics responding to helpdesk inquiries or direct requests for opinion letters. These letters do not change laws, regulations, or OFCCP policy and do not provide legal advice.

Supreme Court Takes Up Two Cases

Posted by Sonia Chapin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on April 25 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take on two issues that directly impact Federal Contractors this week. The first case is based on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and debates the question of if that statue extends anti-discrimination provisions based on sexual orientation or transgender status. Federal appeals courts have come to opposing conclusions on this provision, from New York, Georgia, and Illinois.


Series Finale! Free Webinar on Common Employer Practices that May Impact Individuals with a Disability

Posted by Carla Pittman, Senior Manager, Berkshire Associates on April 22 2019

Register for the final webinar of Berkshire's Section 503 series taking place on April 24, 2019 at 1 p.m. In the last of the webinars, Lynn Clements, a former OFCCP and EEOC official who now serves as the Director of Regulatory Affairs at Berkshire Associates, closes out the series by discussing common employer practices that might come under scrutiny this year. Register today, and listen to Lynn review what the government thinks of employer policies related to use of leaves of absence as an accommodation, attendance practices, and pregnancy-related restrictions.

OFCCP Requests OMB Approval on FAAPs

Posted by Sonia Chapin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on April 17 2019

This week, OFCCP published a request to extend the Functional Affirmative Action Program (FAAP) process with no changes to the existing requirements. The FAAP is an alternative to typical establishment-based AAPs; contractors provide detailed information to the agency and can receive approval to create functional, rather than geographic, plans. The current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the FAAP documents expires on April 30, and OFCCP has applied to extend the authorization for another three years. 

OFCCP Proposes Compliance Checks for Construction Contractors

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services 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.

OFCCP Proposes Sweeping Changes to Scheduling Letters

Posted by Sonia Chapin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on April 12 2019

Making good on the promise at the recent town hall meetings, OFCCP recently published proposed updates to the scheduling letters, opening a 60-day comment period on these updates. It’s important to note that these changes are proposed and comments from the public are due by June 11. Given the nature of these changes, employers, law firms, consultants, employer associations, and civil rights organizations will likely be weighing in on this change. OFCCP’s current scheduling letters expire (that is, they are due for renewal of the OMB approval) on June 30. We believe it is unlikely that changes to the letters will be implemented by then and anticipate a temporary extension for the existing letters. So, for the foreseeable future, audits initiated in the next six to nine months (including those locations on the recently published CSAL) will probably be conducted under the existing letters.

OFCCP AAP Verification Proposal Coming Soon—Are You Ready?

Posted by Lynn A. Clements, Director, Regulatory Affairs on April 12 2019

At a town hall for the financial industry this week, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) announced that it would soon be releasing a proposal regarding a new affirmative action plan (AAP) verification program.

OFCCP Hosts Town Halls for Financial and Legal Industries – Announces Upcoming Information Collection Proposals Among Other Compliance Concerns

Posted by Lynn A. Clements, Director, Regulatory Affairs on April 11 2019

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) held two town hall sessions in New York City this week, focused on the financial and legal industries. The town halls followed the format of earlier sessions, with attendees being asked to provide feedback about several topics, including the agency’s current enforcement practices and ideas for how the OFCCP could help contractors promote diversity in hiring, fairness in promotions and disability inclusion.

OFCCP Opens Consideration for Vets Hiring Recognition Awards

Posted by Patti Sauer, Managing Consultant on April 11 2019

OFCCP is now accepting applications for the 2019 HIRE Vets Medallion Award! This award recognizes federal contractors who have made it their mission to hire, recruit, and retain America’s heroes. Organizations of all sizes can apply, over 230 organizations received the award last year and the process is easy and secure.

The application period is open from now through April 30. Click here for more details.