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 Will Not Use EEO-1 Component 2 Data

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant on November 26 2019

A notice will appear in the Federal Register this week informing the public that OFCCP does not intend to request, accept, or use EEO-1 Component 2 data.  The OFCCP stated their reason is:

 “it does not expect to find significant utility in the data given limited resources and its aggregated nature.” 

OFCCP Releases Technical Assistance Guide for Construction Contractors

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, VP, Client Services, Berkshire on November 19 2019

The OFCCP has just released another in their series of technical assistance guidance. The most recent release is a 50-page guide that provides an overview of a construction contractor’s equal employment and affirmative action obligations. Unlike supply and service contractors, construction contractors are not required to develop annual affirmative action plans under Executive Order 11246. To show compliance, these contractors must take 16 affirmative action steps as a way of making good faith efforts to meet their affirmative action participation goals. The guide groups these steps into 5 categories: Recruitment Practices, Training, Equal Opportunity Policy and Implementation, Personnel Operations, and Contracting Activities. Construction contractors are required to develop written Affirmative Action plans for Individuals with Disabilities under Section 503 and Protected Veterans under VEVRAA. With this guidance, construction contractors can decide to prepare one written plan that covers both Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. Contractors can also develop Section 503/VEVRAA plans either by companywide or by geographic region. The newly published guide also includes a section explaining what a construction contractor can expect should they be subject to a compliance evaluation from the OFCCP. The full guide can be found here.

OFCCP Wraps up a Busy Four-day Workweek

Posted by Sonia Chapin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on November 15 2019

Despite the four-day workweek in honor of Veterans’ Day, OFCCP watchers had a multitude of updates this week. Outlined below are three movements from the agency in the past few days:

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.

OFCCP’s Record Breaking Year

Posted by Sonia Chapin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on October 31 2019

The OFCCP recovered a record amount in monetary damages in fiscal 2019, which came to a close at the end of September. The agency announced just over $45M in financial remedies, almost equally split between hiring and compensation discrimination claims. The agency indicates this is a $16M increase over its fiscal 2018 enforcement recovery. The number of audits completed is up over last year as well – while complete 2019 data is not yet available, the agency closed just over 800 reviews in 2018 and almost 1100 from October 2018 through the beginning of September 2019.

Key Takeaways from Berkshire's Experience at the OFCCP Academic Institution Town Hall

Posted by Michiko Clark, Associate HR Consultant on October 28 2019

On Wednesday October 23, Berkshire had the opportunity to attend the OFCCP Academic Institution Town Hall held in Washington, DC. The format of the Town Hall was more of a focus group, with members from the higher ed community, to give their feedback on the recent Technical Assistance Guide (TAG) that was recently published by the OFCCP. The town hall also presented an opportunity for key players to voice where they believe the OFCCP should be heading in the future when it comes to academic institutions.

The event was coordinated by a neutral facilitator and there were a few OFCCP members in attendance, including Director Leen, who opened up the Town Hall with a brief introduction to the day, including a mention that Colleges & Universities will be on the Spring 2020 Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL),

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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New! University Technical Assistance Guide

Posted by Sybil Randolph, SPHR, SHRM-CP on October 14 2019

On Friday October 11 at 3:13 the OFCCP released notice of the long awaited new technical assistance guide for educational institutions. The highlights of the University Technical Assistance Guide (TAG) include:

OFCCP Proposes Revisions to Disability Self-Identification Form

Posted by Lynn A. Clements, Director, Regulatory Affairs on October 4 2019

In a Federal Register notice dated October 3, 2019, the OFCCP announced that it is proposing changes to the voluntary self-identification form all federal contractors and subcontractors are required to use when inviting applicants and employees to self-identify their disability status.