Algorithm of the OFCCP Enforcement Trend - Part 1 of 3
by Ahmed Younies - Jan, 2014
This first part of three, addresses the enforcement practices in 2013 and what it means for 2014. Let's begin with some of the highlights from 2013 that give us an idea of what makes the OFCCP tick: The OFCCP in general has focused on what it calls "systemic discrimination", in selection and hiring and particularly paid attention in 2013 to non-traditional victims. Goodwill Industries of Southern California settled for...
Contract Compliance in the Context of Transgender Discrimination
by Sandra Zeigler, Esq. - Jan, 2014
I recently received, from former OFCCP colleagues, a copy of an article posted on Buzzfeed.com on December 4, 2013. The headline read, "Federal Official Refuses to Say Whether Office is Protecting Trans Workers." Apparently, the only response the agency was willing to offer was a reiteration that, "OFCCP follows Title VII precedent in everything." The purpose of this article is to shed some light on what that response may actu...
Preparing for the Revised Veterans and Disability Regulations - What's Due on March 24
by Bill Osterndorf - Jan, 2014
Federal contractors and subcontractors across the United States are preparing to implement revised regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in regard to protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. These revised regulations were issued on September 24, 2013. Some of the requirements in these revised regulations must be implemented by March 24, 2014...
Is the OFCCP Just Making Things Up As It Goes Along?
by Cara Yates Crotty, Esq. - Jan, 2014
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued its revised regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act on September 24, 2013. Since then, contractors have had more questions than answers. What is troubling is the OFCCP’s apparent failure to think through many of the obvious issues now facing contractors, and instead of incorporating answe...
The OFCCP Digest Volume 3, Issue 11
by Local JobNetwork™ - Nov, 2013
Volume 3, Issue 11 The staff at LocalJobNetwork.com wishes you a wonderful holiday season! Thank you to the many experts who contributed to the success of The OFCCP Digest this past year and to the numerous readers who find this publication a helpful resource. This is the last issue of The OFCCP...
Timeline for Updated Regulations: Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA)
by Chris Lindholm - Nov, 2013
(This is only a general review and is not intended to be all inclusive; for full regulatory requirements, see the Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and VEVRAA Final Rules published by the OFCCP here:) http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/OFCCPNews/LatestNews.htm#news Federal contractors around the country have been scrambling to obtain information regarding the new Veteran and Disability regulations since they w...
The Fox OFCCP Report
by John Fox, Esq. - Nov, 2013
November 2013 OFCCP and Franz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis”: Kafka Had It Right "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed" (Fox: wait for it, wait for it) "into a monstrous vermin." NOTE: This is my last column for the Local JobNetwork™. It has been a special and dear privilege to share my thoughts about OFCCP compliance with you via the...
OFCCP and Data Transparency
by Sandra Zeigler, Esq. - Nov, 2013
Contractors are expected to scrupulously document their efforts to broaden recruitment, detect discrimination and to prepare for potential OFCCP compliance evaluations. OFCCP should similarly be expected to document and make readily available to the public its enforcement accomplishments. Doing so would be consistent with the pledge of government transparency on which this administration prides itself. It would sensitize contr...
Confusion Reigns with New Requirement that Federal Contractors Invite Individuals with Disabilities to Self-Identify
by Ahmed Younies - Nov, 2013
Many federal contractors know that the Final Rules amending regulations that implement Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act require them to invite Individuals with Disabilities (IWDs) to self-identify during the application process. This solicitation may take place at the same time a contractor asks for information relating to race, ethnicity and gender. For applicants who opt not to self-identify, contractors should make a...
The OFCCP Digest Volume 3, Issue 10
by Local JobNetwork™ - Oct, 2013
Volume 3, Issue 10 The Value of Good Affirmative Action Plans by Bill Osterndorf 2013 has been a very busy year for the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). With the release of revised regulations regarding veterans and persons wit...
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