The OFCCP is accepting applications for a new award program for federal contractors. The Excellence in Disability Inclusion Award is a joint effort by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).
RSVP today and attend the Arkansas ILG 2019 Summer Program and Meeting where speaker, Beth Ronnenburg, President of Berkshire will present two topics: “Current State of OFCCP Audits: Tips and Strategies,” and “Individuals with Disabilities Compliance and Focused Reviews: The Game Changer” on Wednesday, June 12. In the first presentation she will discuss the OFCCP directives and how they impact compliance reviews. Beth will also provide practical tips on how contractors can prepare for and manage a successful outcome of their audit.
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.
Join us on April 24, 2019, from 1 to 2 p.m. EST to learn more about common employer practices that might come under scrutiny this year. In this session, Lynn Clements, a former OFCCP and EEOC official who now serves as the Director of Regulatory Affairs at Berkshire Associates, will review what the government thinks of employer policies related to use of leaves of absence as an accommodation, attendance practices, and pregnancy-related restrictions. Register today!
Do you own Berkshire’s affirmative action software, balanceAAP? Join two of Berkshire’s affirmative action experts, Sonia Chapin and Sybil Randolph of Berkshire Associates on April 10 at1 p.m. for this Section 503 webinar: Using balanceAAP to Prepare for a Section 503 Audit.
Register today and hear presenters review the elements of the Focused Review Scheduling Letter with an emphasis on responding to the letter using balanceAAP. The presenters will review technical tips for generating compliant reports as well as the reports that correspond to each item in the new scheduling letter. Finally, to ensure your organization is completely ready to respond to the new scheduling letter, Sybil and Sonia will review the information required by the scheduling letter that is not typically included in an annual affirmative action plan.
This week’s highlighted Section 503 webinar is Effectively Evaluating Outreach Towards Individuals with a Disability with affirmative action compliance expert Sonia Chapin of Berkshire Associates on April 3 at1 p.m.
As part of the Individuals with Disabilities Affirmative Action Plan, contractors are required to conduct outreach towards Individuals with Disabilities and evaluate the effectiveness of these outreach efforts. Join Sonia for a discussion of what this requirement means in practice and how it is already being applied in OFCCP audits as the agency increases its focus on contractor’s outreach efforts towards Individuals with Disabilities. Attendees will learn how to best respond to questions about outreach programs during an agency audit.
This week’s highlighted Section 503 webinar is Evaluating Personnel Processes, Including Online Systems with Beth Ronnenburg, President of Berkshire Associates on March 27 at1 p.m. Beth will discuss the requirement to routinely evaluate personnel processes and online systems to ensure that equal opportunities are provided to all applicants and employees, regardless of their disability status. Contractors will learn steps they can take to satisfy the requirement, including best practices for documenting evaluations. Beth will also discuss questions the OFCCP may ask about this and provide guidance on how to respond to these requests. Register today!
Plan to attend the next webinars in the Section 503 compliance webinar series. This week's highlighted webinar is Auditing Your Reasonable Accommodation Process & Providing Information to OFCCP. On March 20 from 1-1:30 p.m. EST, Cheryl Boyer, Vice President for Client Services at Berkshire will discuss the reasonable accommodations required for an otherwise qualified Individual with a Disability. With a deep background in managing human resources departments, Cheryl will discuss practical procedures for responding to requests for reasonable accommodations and the concept of “undue hardships.” The webinar also will explain how contractors can respond to OFCCP’s request for a log of reasonable accommodation requests during a compliance review.
RECORDED: March 2019
If you were not able to tune in for the first three webinars in the Section 503 compliance webinar series, you definitely do not want to miss this next one titled Creating Required Auditing & Reporting Process. On March 13, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. EST, Sonia Chapin, Managing Consultant and Audit Advisor at Berkshire Associates, will discuss the requirement contractors have to monitor and report on their Affirmative Action efforts for Individuals with a Disability, and the responsibility to correct for deficiencies in their program should they exist. Contractors will learn steps they can take to satisfy the requirement, including best practices for documenting the actions taken to comply. Sonia will also discuss how to respond to OFCCP’s request for records during a compliance review.
Join us on March 6 from 1-1:30 p.m. EST when Rachel Rubino, Senior Consultant and Audit Advisor at Berkshire Associates, will discuss contractors’ requirement to review physical and mental job qualification standards to ensure that they do not screen out qualified Individuals with Disabilities. Contractors will learn steps they can take to show that the qualifications are job-related and consistent with business necessity. Rachel will also review best practices for documentation and responding to OFCCP questions related to this requirement.
OFCCP recently announced it would conduct focused reviews of federal contractors’ Section 503 compliance during its Fiscal Year 2019 scheduling cycle. The agency also checks