Berkshire Experts Share Insights on Section 503 at the New Jersey ILG Quarterly Meeting on June 7

Posted by Danielle Entrot on May 31 2019

Join VP of Client Services, Cheryl Boyer and Managing Consultant, Sonia Chapin, both of Berkshire Associates, at the New Jersey ILG Quarterly Meeting on June 7, 2019. Cheryl and Sonia will present, “Section 503 Focused Reviews: What We Know and What We Can Predict.” During this session, the expert duo will give an overview of the directive and what it means for federal contractors. They will also share insightful predictions on what we might expect from OFCCP and what federal contractors can do to prepare. Click here for registration information, or contact Rehana Iqbal, Vice-Chair Membership, at rehana.iqbal@verizonwireless.com

Berkshire’s President, Beth Ronnenburg to Present on OFCCP Audits at Arkansas ILG Summer Meeting

Posted by Danielle Entrot on May 20 2019

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.

Berkshire’s Rachel Rubino to Present on Current OFCCP Audit Trends During New England ILG Spring Program

Posted by Danielle Entrot on May 20 2019

Register and attend the New England ILG Spring Program where Berkshire’s Senior HR Consultant, Rachel Rubino will be speaking on Current OFCCP Audit Trends on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. 

OMB Seeking Comments on Disability Inclusion Award

Posted by Michiko Clark, Associate HR Consultant on May 17 2019

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released a statement that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is seeking comments on the process of applying for the Contractor Recognition Program-Disability Inclusion Award. This award recognizes the contractors and sub-contractor establishments that have achieved a level of excellence in their compliance with the regulations set forth in Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. This program joins the HIRE Vets Recognition Program released by OFCCP last year and supports the agency’s stated goal of recognition of contractors “doing the right thing.”

OFCCP’s (Possible) Disaggregated Minority Placement Goals

Posted by Patrick Anderson on May 10 2019

In what may come as news for some federal contractors, OFCCP may now require placement goals to be set for specific racial/ethnic and gender subgroups when the percentage of a particular minority group employed is substantially less than would be reasonably expected given the percentage of that group available for employment.

OFCCP Posts Website with Compliance Check Resources

Posted by Sonia Chapin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on May 9 2019

This week, OFCCP created a webpage to provide contractors more information about the “new” compliance check reviews that will be completed as part of the current round of audits. OFCCP has had the capability to conduct compliance checks for many years but has not opted to schedule them in the recent past. With this round of reviews, OFCCP re-introduced the Compliance Check, to be used in 500 of the 3,000 audits to be scheduled in the coming months. The agency has indicated they intend to schedule up to 1,000 Checks per audit list in the coming years, as a means of ensuring compliance across more contractor establishments.

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.