As previewed a while ago on the Agency’s Technical Assistance website, OFCCP has released a Technical Assistance Guide for Educational Institutions.  The 80-page guide contains

  • An overview of the equal employment opportunity obligations for federal contractors
  • The required components of affirmative action programs and related information
  • What to expect during an OFCCP compliance evaluation

As part of the Agency’s stated purpose for the guide it recognizes that

due to their complex organization, it is difficult to objectively measure educational institutions’ hiring, promotion, and compensation of instructional staff. These elements may depend on personal factors such as the prestige of publications, research, discipline, and contributions to the institution.

As a result, the agency designed the guide to

assist contractors that are educational institutions to understand their obligations under the laws and regulations OFCCP enforces and to help them prepare for compliance evaluations.

We will be evaluating the contents of the Guide and provide you with additional insights in the coming days.

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Laura A. Mitchell is a Principal in the Denver, Colorado, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is a member of the firm’s Affirmative Action and OFCCP Defense practice group as well as the firm’s Pay Equity Resource Group. She is also on the leadership team for the firm’s Government Contractor Industry Group.

Her practice is focused on representing government and non-government contractors in OFCCP matters, preparing for and defending OFCCP audits, and counseling employers on issues stemming from OFCCP regulations. Ms. Mitchell personally oversees the development of hundreds of AAPs each year and is intimately involved in the defense of numerous OFCCP audits. She also spends significant time counseling companies in connection with conducting pay equity analyses as well as government contractor employment obligations.

Ms. Mitchell is the editor and a principal contributor of The Affirmative Action Law Advisor blog and frequently presents on pay equity, affirmative action compliance, OFCCP enforcement trends, and government contractor obligations.

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