Dealing with the Chaos at OFCCP
by Bill Osterndorf - Jul, 2014
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is a busy place. The agency has announced a multitude of priorities that affect federal contractors and subcontractors. Among these priorities are the following: Issues concerning veterans Issues concerning individuals with disabilities Compensation Use of criminal records in the selection process There were new regulations or directi...
Religious Accommodation in the Workplace: Federal Contractors' Version of the Hobby Lobby Dilemma
by Sandra Zeigler, Esq. - Jul, 2014
On June 30, 2014, the United States Supreme Court rendered its decision in Sylvia Burwell, Secretary Of Health And Human Services, Et Al., Petitioners V. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., Et Al. Nos. 13-354 and 13-356 (Hobby Lobby). Hobby Lobby was decided under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Hobby Lobby and two other closely held companies had faced massive fines for refusing to cover four contraceptives that they beli...
The First Glimpse at New Regulation Enforcement
by Cindy Karrow, SPHR - Jul, 2014
It feels like we were just in the starting gate of compliance changes this year, and now the race is fully underway with compliance activities surrounding the revised regulations for Protected Veterans (PV) and Individuals with Disabilities (IWD). Let’s take a look at how the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is beginning to audit and enforce the new regulations. Recently I heard a speaker indicate OF...
The OFCCP Digest Volume 4, Issue 6
by Local JobNetwork™ - Jun, 2014
Volume 4, Issue 6 Getting it Right the First Time by Marilynn L. Schuyler Thirty days – calendar days – is a very short time to get a submission together for OFCCP, but it's not the time to cut corners. One of the most effective ways to avoid a protracted review is...
Doing Business with the Government must be a Strategic Decision
by Ahmed Younies - Jun, 2014
Government contracts are a stable source of company revenue, but they come with strings attached. They are tough to obtain and maintain. Not only is the process of breaking into the government marketplace complicated, but complying with related regulations post award can also be a challenge. On the upside, doing business with the government is slightly affected by the expansion and contractions in the economy, resulting in a...
Considerations for Promoting Disclosure
by EARN - Jun, 2014
New regulations under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), which took effect on March 24th of this year, have refocused national attention on the issue of disability and employment. For the first time, federal contractors will be inviting job applicants to voluntarily self-identify as individuals with disabilities or protected veterans at both the pr...
Getting it Right the First Time
by Marilynn L. Schuyler - Jun, 2014
Thirty days – calendar days – is a very short time to get a submission together for OFCCP, but it's not the time to cut corners. One of the most effective ways to avoid a protracted review is to ensure that the data you submit is comprehensive, accurate, and is internally consistent. You do not want to be correcting data after it has already been sent to OFCCP, as OFCCP tends to presume that corrected data is submitted to hi...
Compliance After March 24: Now What?
by Cindy Karrow, SPHR - Jun, 2014
The revised Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) regulations for Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Vietnam Era Veterans Assistance Act (VEVRAA) are now in effect. The date has come and gone, so what now? What should contractors have in place, and what should they be working on? What is OFCCP doing now, and what might we see on the horizon? Let’s explore these and many other important questions....
EEO-1 Report and Voluntary Disclosure
by Sandra Zeigler, Esq. - Jun, 2014
On February 14, 2010, Mercury News reported that Google, Apple, Yahoo, Oracle and Applied Materials had successfully convinced the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) not to release race and gender data from their EEO-1 report under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) because releasing such data would cause "commercial harm." CNN made a similar FOIA request on August 18, 2011 for EEO-1 data on 17 technology companies that refused...
The OFCCP Digest Volume 4, Issue 5
by Local JobNetwork™ - May, 2014
Volume 4, Issue 5 "Similarly Situated" in Termination and Promotion Cases by Sandra Zeigler, Esq. The determination of who is "similarly situated" is critical to the outcome of a discrimination case. It is the agency's burden to prove that its calculations are correct and based on...
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