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OFCCPs New Veteran/Disability Regulations Are Now in Effect. Are You Ready?  [Video]

Two new groundbreaking regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act went into effect on March 24. They require federal government contractors...more

OFCCP Publishes Additional Information Related to its New Protected Veterans and Disability Regulations

As new regulations from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) go into effect, the OFCCP has released guidance and materials to help covered contractors comply with the new requirements. The new resources...more

DOL Announces Five-Year OFCCP Moratorium For TRICARE Providers

Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced last month that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will issue a directive establishing a five-year moratorium on enforcement of affirmative action...more

New Databases Offer First Step for Disability and Veteran Hiring Regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced two new databases intended to help federal contractors and subcontractors meet new regulatory obligations with respect to...more

March Comes in Like a Lion: Flurry of Action Steps Mandated for Government Contractors and Subcontractors

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued new regulations, which went into effect on March 24, 2014, which impact data collection and analysis for veteran and disabled job candidates and employees. A...more

Construction Contractors Subject To New OFCCP Rules

Because of a recent court decision, federal construction contractors must comply with several new regulations that many consider burdensome. An effort to exempt construction contractors from some of the new regulations was...more

Technical Phases of OFCCP’s Regulations Regarding Individuals with Disabilities, Disabled Veterans, Recently Separated Veterans,...

Technical Phases of OFCCP’s Regulations Regarding Individuals with Disabilities, Disabled Veterans, Recently Separated Veterans, Other Protected Veterans and ArmedForces Service Medal Veterans - Threshold Coverage...more

DC Court Gives Go Ahead for New OFCCP Disability Regulations

On March 21, 2014, in Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. v. Shiu, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia reached a seminal decision in a case challenging a final rule promulgated by the U.S. Department of...more

New Regulations Governing Affirmative Action Requirements For Individuals With Disabilities And Protected Veterans Went Into...

Beginning yesterday, March 24, 2014, federal contractors and subcontractors have a number of new responsibilities. Contractors already have the existing obligation to collect demographic data regarding race and gender and...more

Affirmative Action Plan Changes to Disability and Veterans Hiring Take Effect March 24

The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program’s new regulations regarding affirmative action for veterans and disabled persons take effect March 24. The rules will require major changes in the way...more

OFCCP Launches New Databases to Assist With Disability and Veteran Regulations Compliance

On March 21, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that it is launching two new databases to assist federal contractors and subcontractors. The new databases are intended to help...more

Federal Contractors Face New Requirements Regarding Recruitment, Hiring, and Identification of Individuals with Disabilities

Effective March 24, 2014, a new rule from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will require federal contractors and subcontractors to take additional steps to recruit, hire, and retain individuals with...more

The New Veterans and Disability Regulations Go Into Effect on March 24: Are You Ready?

Many contractors have been preparing for the past several months for the first group of compliance obligations imposed by the Final Rules adopted by OFCCP in August 2013. In five short days, the first set of obligations will...more

Is An Employee Who Is Six Days out of Rehab “Disabled” Under the TCHRA?

The Texas Commission on Human Rights Act (TCHRA) provides that a “current condition of addiction” to alcohol, drugs, or controlled substances is not a covered “disability.” In Melendez v. Houston Independent School District...more

New OFCCP Rules Establish Hiring Benchmarks and Goals for Veterans and Qualified Individuals with Disabilities

Effective March 24, 2014 federal contractors and subcontractors subject to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Rehabilitation Act”) or the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (“VEVRAA”) must...more

Upcoming Changes for Federal Contractors

In September 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) implemented its regulation increasing the affirmative action requirements regarding individuals with disabilities for those federal contractors and...more

OFCCP Sets Rules to Aid Disabled and Veterans

In August 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) adopted new rules intended to improve job opportunities for protected veterans and persons with disabilities....more

Employers, Check Your Weight-Bias: Obesity, Disability, And The Broadened Coverage Of The ADAAA

A study released by the Center for Disease Control in August 2012 estimates that 32 percent of adults in Alabama are obese. Alabama regularly appears in the Top Five of the list of “heaviest states,” currently weighing in at...more

No Duty to Explore Cause of Poor Performance Absent Notice of Correlation to Disability

A federal district court in Washington refused to require an employer, absent some notice from an employee of the need to do so, to investigate the cause of the employee’s poor performance to explore whether it might be...more

California Court Further Expands FEHA Protections To Employees Based On Association With Disabled Person

Rope v. Auto-Chlor System of Washington, Inc., No. B242003 (October 16, 2013): Recently, a California Court of Appeal held that a fired employee could proceed with a lawsuit in which he claimed that his employer discriminated...more

OFCCP Issues Final Rules on Affirmative Action Obligations for Veterans and Persons with Disabilities

The United States Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) has issued two final rules that will require significant changes to covered federal contractors’ and subcontractors’...more

Federal Contractor/Subcontractor Alert: New Affirmative Action Requirements Concerning Persons with Disabilities

f you are a federal contractor or subcontractor that has, or should have, an existing affirmative action plan (AAP), you need to be aware of the upcoming Office of Federal Contract Compliance’s (OFCCP) final rules that take...more

OFCCP Posts Referral Sources For Disabled Individuals And Protected Veterans

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released a list of resources to assist federal contractors and subcontractors in conducting effective outreach and recruitment of individuals with disabilities...more

Navigating the New OFCCP Regulations on Affirmative Action Obligations: Make Sure Your Organization Is Ready (Presentation)

In This Presentation: - Changes to regulations regarding individuals with disabilities - Changes to regulations regarding protected veterans - Changes regarding outreach, compliance, and recordkeeping - Data...more

Federal Contractors Should be Planning Ahead for the New Section 503 and VEVRAA Rules

On August 27, 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) issued two Final Rules, making significant changes to the regulations implementing affirmative action under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation...more

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