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OFCCP Takes Contractors Back To School On Pre-Employment Testing

Federal contractors, be warned: If you have not properly reviewed (and validated!) any testing used as part of your hiring process, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs may take issue . . . and seek to collect...more

VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark for 2016 is 6.9 Percent

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced that the 2016 Annual Section 4212 (VEVRAA) hiring benchmark for 2016 is 6.9 percent. The benchmark is based on data issued by the Bureau of Labor...more

OFCCP Reminds Us Men Can Be Victims Of Sex Discrimination, Too

The federal Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently filed an administrative complaint alleging hiring bias against men against AmeriQual, an Indiana company that manufactures portable meals for the...more

Do Not Forget! Time to Update Your Affirmative Action Plans

Many companies use the calendar year (January to December) as the plan dates for their Affirmative Action Plans (AAPs). For companies that do so, it is important to remember that current year AAPs for January 1, 2015, thru...more

Responding to a Scheduling Letter From the OFCCP: The Little Things Matter

It is the Tuesday after a long holiday weekend, and you are faithfully going through the pile of mail on your desk when you spy an envelope from the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds OFCCP's Disability Affirmative Action Rules

Last year, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued final regulations requiring that federal contractors subject to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act adopt new measures intended to...more

OFCCP Issues New Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing

On October 1, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released its new compliance evaluation scheduling letter and accompanying Itemized Listing, which the OFCCP will begin using to schedule new...more

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

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

Are You Ready For Your Next Audit?

By now, federal contractors should have taken a hard look at their current Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) policies, procedures and documentation to ensure compliance with the new requirements. Under the Office of Federal...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

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

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 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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