| Government Compliance - Unemployment Status Discrimination and OFCCP Enforcement
by Sandra Zeigler, Esq. and Jacquelyn Peterson - Feb, 2014
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) asked employers to pledge to not use an individual's unemployment status as a consideration when making hiring decisions. To what extent, if any, can the current laws enforced by the OFCCP be used to address this? Sandra Scott Zeigler, Esq., a recognized authority on Federal EEO enforcement with 25 years of experience divided equally between the EEOC and OFCCP, sheds...
| FAQs on Government Compliance - OFCCP's Revised Veteran and Disability Regulations
by Bill Osterndorf, Jacquelyn Peterson, Ashley Fitzgerald and Cady Chesney - Dec, 2013
Join the Local JobNetwork team and Bill Osterndorf, President of HR Analytical Services, as we explore the new regulations and how they impact federal contractors and subcontractors. In this webinar, we take federal contractors and subcontractors through OFCCP's new regulations for veterans and individuals with disabilities. This webinar is ideal for those who wish to gain a foundational knowledge of the what, when, and...
| FAQs on Government Compliance - Flipside of Federal Construction Work: Affirmative Action Enforced by OFCCP
by Pam Ploor, Jacquelyn Peterson, Ashley Fitzgerald and Cady Chesney - Dec, 2013
If your construction company has the winning bid for Federal construction work or the General Services Administration (GSA) approved your company as a GSA Schedule construction contractor, get ready to comply with employment-focused affirmative action requirements, which the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) enforces. A key component of that program is revising your recruitment and hiring process to comply...
| Government Compliance - Model Conciliation Agreement for Compensation
by Sandra Zeigler, Esq. and Jacquelyn Peterson - Oct, 2013
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has a new model conciliation agreement for compensation in the 2013 Federal Contract Compliance Manual (see addendum A to chapter 8). Sandra Scott Zeigler, Esq., a recognized authority on Federal EEO enforcement with 25 years of experience divided equally between the EEOC and OFCCP, highlights the model and shares her perspective on what federal contractors should be a...
The OFCCP Digest Volume 4, Issue 3
by Local JobNetwork™ - Mar, 2014
Volume 4, Issue 3 Surveying Requirements Under the Revised Veterans and Disability Regulations by Bill Osterndorf The revised regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in regard to protected veterans and indi...
Disparate Impact & Disability and Protected Veteran Status: What Contractors Need to Know
by Cara Yates Crotty, Esq. - Mar, 2014
Ever since the OFCCP issued its Final Rules implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act in September 2013, federal contractors have been concerned that the OFCCP will use the newly required collection of disability and protected veteran status from applicants as a tool to allege disparate impact on the basis of such protected status. This article will address th...
Surveying Requirements Under the Revised Veterans and Disability Regulations
by Bill Osterndorf - Mar, 2014
The 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 are now in effect. Companies were required to implement some of the items in these revised regulations by March 24, 2014. There are other requirements in the revised regulations that must be implemented when companies next update their affirm...
Similarly Situated - What Does It Mean and Why is it Important?
by Sandra Zeigler, Esq. - Mar, 2014
The determination of who is similarly situated is central to the prosecution and defense of a discrimination case. This is because determining whether discrimination actually occurred is a comparative exercise. Whether in self-audits or in the defense of allegations of discrimination, it is important for contractors to understand how to identify who is similarly situated to whom for purposes of equal opportunity analysis....
Algorithm of the OFCCP Enforcement Trend – Part 3 of 3
by Ahmed Younies - Mar, 2014
Part 2 of 3 of this series examined and compared the OFCCP enforcement activities under the Clinton, Bush (Jr.) and Obama administrations to gain more insight on what to anticipate of the current OFCCP. Since people propel the activity in question, this installment will focus on Director Shiu’s most recent Regional Director appointees to gain further insight as to what to expect going forward. First, let’s have a “crash cou...
The OFCCP Digest Volume 4, Issue 2
by Local JobNetwork™ - Feb, 2014
Volume 4, Issue 2 Section 503/VEVRAA Final Rules: Your Questions Answered? by Carmen Couden, Esq. 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...
Preparing for the Revised Veteran and Disability Regulations: New Information on What Should Be Implemented by March 24, 2014
by Bill Osterndorf - Feb, 2014
Federal contractors and subcontractors continue to prepare to implement the revised regulations regarding protected veterans and individuals with disabilities that were issued by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). There are certain provisions in these revised regulations that must be implemented by March 24, 2014. I discussed these provisions in my January 2014 article for...
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...
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