On January 21 at 2 pm EST, Berkshire's President hosted a free webinar on what to expect from OFCCP in 2020.
It looks like OFCCP is ringing in the new year with a continued commitment to their resolution of transparency. The agency recently updated its Federal Contract Compliance Manual (FCCM). This manual provides guidance to OFCCP's compliance officers for conducting compliance evaluations and complaint investigations. It is also available to federal contractors to offer compliance assistance. There were over 70 sections updated in this new release, the majority of the updates were made to bring the FCCM up-to-date with regulatory and practice changes.
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently issued a proposed rule that would codify the process the agency uses to resolve violations during a compliance review. The proposal also explains the types of evidence needed for the agency to find discrimination. The proposal is an extension of OFCCP Director Craig Leen’s focus on transparency and certainty and seeks to formalize several case processing initiatives OFCCP implemented through less formal directives and the agency’s Federal Contract Compliance Manual. If finalized as regulations, the case processing requirements would have greater legal effect and could only be changed by a different administration through public notice or comment.
One of the world’s most recognizable companies is potentially facing a class-action lawsuit.
Several women employed by The Walt Disney Co. are pursuing a claim that the company has violated California’s Fair Pay Act.
The next step is discovery, meaning that every branch of the Disney empire could come under scrutiny, potentially having a snowball effect with regard to plaintiffs.
OFCCP has requested approval from the Office of Management and Budget to begin conducting compliance checks of construction contractors. The request contains two construction compliance check letters, one for contractors that have direct federal contracts and one for contractors on federally assisted construction contracts. A direct federal contract is one that is with a federal agency for construction services; a federally assisted contract is for construction services funded by the government, but where the government is not a party to the contract. This funding may be in the form of grants, loans, or other funding mechanisms.
OFCCP began a compliance review of Oracle’s Redwood Shores headquarters in January 2014. As part of the review, OFCCP concluded Oracle paid Caucasian male workers more while steering their female, African American and Asian counterparts into lower paying jobs. In addition, Asian workers were favored in hiring for certain technical roles over White, Hispanic and Black applicants. OFCCP requested routine employment data and records as part of the audit. Oracle’s refusal to provide prior-year compensation data for all employees, certain hiring data, and employee complaints of discrimination to resolve alleged discrimination violations resulted in OFCCP filing the Administrative lawsuit against Oracle on January 18, 2017.
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.