Section 503/VEVRAA Final Rules: Your Questions Answered?
by Carmen Couden, Esq. - Feb, 2014
With approximately three weeks left until the Section 503/VEVRAA final rules become effective, federal contractors and subcontractors still have many questions regarding the new obligations imposed by the rules and how best to comply with them. As March 24, 2014 approaches, the OFCCP continues to provide guidance regarding implementation of the final rules and to clarify the agency's expectations and plans for enforcement. A...
Algorithm of the OFCCP Enforcement Trend – Part 2 of 3
by Ahmed Younies - Feb, 2014
Part I reviewed the OFCCP's many accomplishments in 2013 and discussed their implications for 2014. Its 2014 agenda appears no less ambitious (more on that soon). Let's briefly compare the OFCCP of the Clinton, Bush and Obama years to get an idea of what likely lies ahead. The Clinton Years: Director Shirley Wilcher took a strong interest in compensation issues and, initially, a tough stance on employment discrimination...
Unemployment Status Discrimination and OFCCP Enforcement
by Sandra Zeigler, Esq. - Feb, 2014
Recently the administration called on corporations to pledge not to use unemployment status as a selection criterion in their hiring decisions. According to various media reports at least 300 corporations have taken this pledge including a number of major federal contractors. The purpose of this article is to discuss whether and to what extent the laws currently enforced by OFCCP can be used to address this issue. OFCCP en...
The OFCCP Digest Volume 4, Issue 1
by Local JobNetwork™ - Jan, 2014
Volume 4, Issue 1 Is the OFCCP Just Making Things Up As It Goes Along? by Cara Yates Crotty, Esq. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued its revised regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment As...
Affirmative Action by Default - Achievements without Trying
by Debra Milstein Gardner - Jan, 2014
Affirmative Action (AA) has been around for more than 60 years and it has been demonstrated that there have been advancements in the employment of minorities and women associated with affirmative action. Therefore we might argue that, YES, affirmative action is taking place and we are seeing women and minorities make headway in the workforce. HOWEVER, it is unclear whether the contractor's AA efforts are influencing these su...
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...
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