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  • Disability Inclusion Award in the Works for Contractors
    by Cara Crotty - October 17, 2018
    The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) plans to recognize contractors that prioritize disability inclusion. Following its recent Directive to develop a Contractor Recognition Program, the OFCCP has proposed to implement an Excellence in Disability Inclusion Award. This award would recognize contractors 'that ensure equal employment opportunity, foster employment opportunities for individuals with disab...
  • OFCCP to Recognize Innovation and Expand Enforcement
    by Cara Crotty, Heather Miller - September 24, 2018
    On August 24, 2018, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced three new directives in furtherance of its efforts to make the agency more transparent and efficient and to maximize the effectiveness of compliance assistance outreach. This article focuses on two of the three directives: an initiative establishing a recognition program for contractors with 'high-quality and high-performing compliance p...
  • OFCCP’s Town Hall Action Plan:  A Response to Contractors’ Concerns or the U.S. Chamber’s Hard-Hitting Report?
    by Heather Miller, Cara Crotty - June 20, 2018
    On May 1, 2018, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued a Town Hall Action Plan (the 'Plan'). The OFCCP's announcement regarding the Plan describes it as the result of participant feedback and insight provided during three Compliance Assistance Town Halls held in 2017. The Plan states that such feedback and insight 'resulted in the identification of three general areas of focus: training, communication,...
  • DOL Issues Final Rule Requiring Paid Sick Leave for Some Federal Contractor Employees
    by Cara Crotty - October 14, 2016
    On September 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its Final Rule to implement Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. President Obama issued the Executive Order on Labor Day 2015, and the Department of Labor issued a proposed Rule in February 2016. After receiving more than 35,000 comments, the DOL made very few substantive changes from the proposed Rule, and th...
  • OFCCP Issues Final Rule on Sex Discrimination
    by Cara Crotty - July 15, 2016
    The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs recently issued its Final Rule on Discrimination on the Basis of Sex. The new regulations rescind the OFCCP’s prior Sex Discrimination Guidelines and give regulatory effect to the latest interpretations of the law by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – including the EEOC’s interpretations of discrimination based on pregnancy and gender identity – a...
  • Will Your Organization Be Required to Provide Paid Sick Leave?
    by Cara Crotty - March 18, 2016
    On February 25, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor published its Proposed Rule to implement Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. President Obama issued the Executive Order on Labor Day 2015, and the Department of Labor is required to issue final regulations by September 30, 2016. Individuals have 30 days, or until March 28, 2016, to submit comments on this proposal. The admi...
  • Don't Let Your Temporary Staffing Become a Permanent Headache
    by Cara Crotty - January 22, 2016
    Many federal contractors use outside staffing agencies to fulfill the labor demands of their workplaces – whether it is temporary staffing or recruiters for regular employees. While a valid and useful way to staff an organization, this practice can present several challenges for federal contractors who must comply with various recordkeeping requirements. The OFCCP’s regulations do not directly address this practice,...
  • by Cara Crotty - January 22, 2015
    The National Industry Liaison Group (NILG) routinely submits comments to proposed rules that affect the EEO and affirmative action obligations of federal contractors. The NILG Board believes that representing the views of our ILG constituents around the country in this manner is vital to achieving our mission and vision. Below is our comment to the OFCCP's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Requirement to Report Summary...
  • by Cara Crotty - November 20, 2014
    As you have undoubtedly heard, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released the revised versions of its Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing on October 1, 2014. These documents advise federal “supply and service” contractors that the OFCCP has initiated a compliance review and set out the information required to be submitted to the agency. These new documents were effective immediately, and any c...
  • by Cara Crotty - September 26, 2014
    A hypothetical conversation with a frustrated and overwhelmed federal contractor Dear Cara: I work in human resources for a federal contractor, and I keep reading about President Obama’s executive actions directed towards federal contractors. We have a very small legal department in our company, and we are having a difficult time keeping track of all these new requirements. Can you please help us?!? Dazed &...