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OFCCP Issues Directive Regarding Religious Freedom

As we reported last week, in light of three Supreme Court cases addressing religious freedoms, OFCCP has issued a new Directive 2018-3 and a press release regarding “religion-exercising” organizations and individuals. The Directive cites three recent Supreme Court cases as well as Executive Orders issued by President Trump. With respect to the court cases, the … Continue Reading

OFCCP Focused Reviews to Begin in Fiscal Year 2019

In the Directive released late last week, OFCCP announced its plan to start scheduling focused reviews starting in Fiscal Year 2019.  OFCCP’s fiscal year begins October 1. Directive 2018-04 directs OFCCP staff to “work towards ensuring that a portion of future scheduling lists, starting with Fiscal Year 2019, include focused reviews as to each of the … Continue Reading

OFCCP Issues Two New Directives Addressing Focused Reviews and Religious Discrimination

As discussed during the 2018 ILG National Conference, Acting Director Craig Leen has released a Directive formalizing OFCCP’s plans to start initiating focused reviews.  Acting Director Leen, simultaneously released a Directive addressing religious discrimination – a topic not broadly (or otherwise) discussed during the Agency’s recent public engagements. The stated purpose of Directive 2018-03: Executive Order … Continue Reading

OFCCP Working on Contractor Certification Program

Following the tone of the preceding days, the 2018 ILG National Conference closed Friday morning with a friendly conversation between Acting Director Craig Leen and NILG Chair Paul McGovern.  The two discussed several of the themes and OFCCP initiatives addressed during the conference: Transparency, certainty and the Rule of Law The Agency’s audit scheduling process Directive 307 and pay … Continue Reading

OFCCP Acting Director Shares His Vision for Upcoming Agency Initiatives

Day two of the 2018 ILG National Conference has concluded and it was another day packed with information and insights for attendees. Riding the “waves of change”, over the past two days OFCCP and officials from the U.S. Department of Labor Solicitor’s Office as well as the EEOC, have shared their insights, thoughts, and new initiatives and … Continue Reading

OFCCP Releases Description of “What Contractors Can Expect”

It has been a busy morning on the first day of the 2018 ILG National Conference in Anaheim, California.  After a dramatic and moving opening presentation, OFCCP Acting Director Craig Leen gave the morning’s Keynote address.  Echoing the conference’s “Navigating the Waves of Change” theme, Acting Director Leen spoke to the group about the four pinnacles … Continue Reading

BREAKING NEWS: Head of OFCCP Reported to Be Stepping Down

With confirmation from a Department of Labor spokesperson, Bloomberg News is reporting that Ondray Harris will soon be leaving his role as OFCCP Director.  While the reason for his departure was not disclosed, Bloomberg is reporting he will be stepping down from his role at the end of this week. Bloomberg is reporting Senior Advisor Craig Leen will … Continue Reading

Latest Merger News: Proposal to Merge Departments of Labor and Education

Early in the Trump Administration, it was proposed to move OFCCP into the EEOC.  Congress subsequently rejected the budget proposal containing the proposed merger and the idea was put to rest. Not to give up it’s quest to streamline the Administration and propose budget-saving measures, the Administration recently proposed a merger of the Departments of Labor and Education into an umbrella agency to … Continue Reading

OFCCP Extends TRICARE Moratorium

As we recently reported, OFCCP is evaluating affirmative action obligations for TRICARE providers and expects to publish rulemaking on this front next year.  In connection with this, to allow time for the rulemaking process, as well as to allow time for any potential related legislative action, OFCCP announced it has extended the enforcement moratorium for TRICARE … Continue Reading

Only One Item On OFCCP’s Spring Regulatory Agenda: TRICARE

Today, the Trump Administration released its Spring 2018 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, which “reports on the actions administrative agencies plan to issue in the near and long term.” OFCCP has only one item listed on its agenda, entitled “Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Obligations of Federal Contractors and Subcontractors: TRICARE and Certain Other Healthcare … Continue Reading

OFCCP Releases “Town Hall Action Plan” to Address Contractor Concerns

In the words of OFCCP, the contractors spoke and OFCCP listened.  OFCCP is also listening to the Government Accountability Office and its detailed review of the Agency. In response to the GAO’s Strengthening Oversight Could Improve Federal Contract Nondiscrimination Compliance report and on the heels of OFCCP’s Compliance Assistance Town Halls, the Agency has developed a … Continue Reading

Breaking News: OFCCP Could Be Close To Rescinding Current Compensation Directive

Bloomberg Law is reporting OFCCP may soon rescind the controversial Directive 307, which has been in place since early 2013, and sets out the Agency’s current methodology for analyzing pay.  In its place, Bloomberg reports OFCCP will direct compliance officers to review compensation based on pay groupings established by the contractor.  If the directive is rescinded and … Continue Reading

OFCCP Discloses Audit Scheduling Methodology

In another show of transparency, OFCCP has released a detail description of its process for selecting contractors for audit.  The two-page document walks through, step-by-step, the process OFCCP undertook to identify establishments for the “first release of the FY 2018 Supply and Service scheduling list.”  As the release explains, OFCCP is not required to make … Continue Reading

OFCCP Reduces Veteran Hiring Benchmark

OFCCP has announced the new Veteran Hiring benchmark will be 6.4% effective March 31, 2018.  Affirmative Action Plans in effect until the March 31, 2018 date should utilize the prior year’s benchmark of 6.7%. The benchmark has steadily declined since its inception in 2014 and this year is the fourth reduction of the benchmark since it … Continue Reading

OFCCP Wants Your Feedback

If you’ve e-mailed anything to OFCCP in connection with a compliance review in the past 5 years you likely received a message recently letting you know about OFCCP’s upcoming survey.  As it did several years ago, OFCCP will be asking a select group of contractors to provide feedback on how the agency is doing and to make … Continue Reading

Scheduling Letters Are In the Mail

When the Agency mailed the most recent round of CSALs in February 2018, it reported it would wait until March 19, 2018 to start issuing Scheduling Letters.  True to their word, we have learned that Scheduling Letters have started arriving, at least in some areas of the country. As a reminder, OFCCP sends scheduling letters via certified mail to the … Continue Reading

OFCCP Funding to Remain at Same Level

In the new spending bill passed by Congress and approved by President Trump last week, OFCCP will receive essentially the amount of funding as it has in previous years.  As signed by the President, the budget has $103,476,000 allocated to OFCCP, which is comparable to the $103,767,000 for FY2018, and significantly up from the $91 in … Continue Reading

OFCCP Issues New Directive in Furtherance of Commitment to Increased Transparency

by Laura A. Mitchell and Christopher T. Patrick Under the leadership of new OFCCP Director Ondray Harris, the Agency has issued its first policy directive of 2018. Directive 2018-01, effective February 27, addresses an area of concern discussed at length during the Agency’s listening sessions earlier this year: the need for increased transparency. The Directive … Continue Reading

Public Advocacy Group Sues OFCCP in Connection with EEO-1 FOIA Requests

As we’ve been discussing, now is the time for employers to be filing their annual EEO-1 reports.  Coincidentally, and perhaps not un-intentionally, Public Citizen, a non profit advocacy group is also using this time to sue OFCCP around its practices of withholding information involving employers’ EEO-1 reports. On February 26, Public Citizen filed suit in Washington … Continue Reading

Changes to EEO-1 Reporting for Employees at Client Sites

As we shared previously, the portal is currently open for EEO-1 Reporting.   In addition to the change in timing of reporting and other administrative items, the EEOC Joint Reporting Commission has made a change to the way employers must report certain types of employees. Employers with employees who “regularly report” to client sites must now report such employees … Continue Reading

Proposed Budget Seeks to Cut DOL Funds

The highly anticipated proposed budget released today by the White House included expected budget cuts for the U.S. Department of Labor.  While cutting funds for the DOL, the proposed budget did not resurrect the previously raised possible merger of OFCCP and EEOC. The President’s FY2019 Budget for the Department of Labor starts with the following introduction: … Continue Reading

Breaking News: CSALs Are In the Mail

OFCCP’s website has been updated to reflect that the Agency placed 1,000 Corporate Scheduling Announcement letters in the mail on February 1, 2018.  We have seen one of the letters – it is dated January 31, 2018, signed by new OFCCP Director Ondray Harris, and addressed generically to the “Human Resources Director.”  OFCCP last issued … Continue Reading

New OFCCP Leadership Welcomes Contractor Community During Stakeholder Meetings

This week, newly appointed OFCCP Director Ondray T. Harris, along with Special Advisor, Craig Leen, and Director of Policy, Debra Carr, held a series of meetings with various stakeholder groups from the federal contractor and civil rights communities.  This was the first opportunity for many who regularly work with OFCCP to meet Director Harris and … Continue Reading
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